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Anglo-Saxon

Anglo-Saxon  

A person or language of the English Saxons, distinct from the Old Saxons and the Angles, a group of Germanic peoples who invaded and settled in Britain between the 5th and 7th centuries.
aristocracy

aristocracy  

A vague term, derived from the Greek aristokratia, meaning the rule of the best. It is broader than peerage or even nobility. In common parlance it was usually taken to mean the upper classes or ...
Barbarian Laws

Barbarian Laws  

Until their settlement in the Roman Empire, the German peoples followed oral customary laws. The establishment of the Romano-barbarian kingdoms made necessary the revision of common Roman law and the ...
ceorl

ceorl  

A free peasant farmer of Anglo-Saxon England. In status ceorls were above the serfs but below the thanes (noblemen), with a Wergild of usually 200 shillings. They were liable to military service in ...
criminal law

criminal law  

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In Anglo‐Saxon and Norman England, there was no distinction between criminal and civil law. Violence, or the causing of damage or harm to another's person or property, was subject to savage penalties ...
homicide

homicide  

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Lawfully or unlawfully causing the death of another person. If intention to cause death is involved the offence will amount to murder. If there is only criminal negligence or an ...
Ine

Ine  

(d.726),king of Wessex (688–726). The reputation of Ine rests on two foundations, legal and ecclesiastical. He reigned from 688 for a very long period, 37 years, and was confident enough to resign ...
thegns

thegns  

An English thane. The word is a modern representation of Old English theg(e)n, adopted to distinguish the Old English use of thane from the Scots use made familiar by Shakespeare in Macbeth.

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