The crime of theft in the «codices picturati» of Eike von Repgow’s «Sachsenspiegel» Eike von Repgow’s Sachsenspiegel, a legal text written between 1220 and 1235, is one of the first prose works realized in the Middle Low German language. It consists of two parts: common law (lantrecht) and feudal law (lenrecht). The lantrecht section discusses important legal institutions concerning civil and criminal law and deals, among other things, with the crime of theft. The Sachsenspiegel is handed down in well over four hundred manuscripts and fragments among which the illustrated manuscripts play a particular role. My research focuses on the characteristics of the crime of theft and of its punishment in Eike’s legal text, drawing at the same time a comparison with the Germanic legal tradition. The ultimate aim of this work is to show that the illustrations in the codices picturati of the Sachsenspiegel can, in certain cases, contribute to a better understanding of legal institutions in the German Middle Ages.

Il delitto del furto nei "Codices picturati" del "Sachsenspiegel" di Eike von Repgow

Claudia Handl
2021

Abstract

The crime of theft in the «codices picturati» of Eike von Repgow’s «Sachsenspiegel» Eike von Repgow’s Sachsenspiegel, a legal text written between 1220 and 1235, is one of the first prose works realized in the Middle Low German language. It consists of two parts: common law (lantrecht) and feudal law (lenrecht). The lantrecht section discusses important legal institutions concerning civil and criminal law and deals, among other things, with the crime of theft. The Sachsenspiegel is handed down in well over four hundred manuscripts and fragments among which the illustrated manuscripts play a particular role. My research focuses on the characteristics of the crime of theft and of its punishment in Eike’s legal text, drawing at the same time a comparison with the Germanic legal tradition. The ultimate aim of this work is to show that the illustrations in the codices picturati of the Sachsenspiegel can, in certain cases, contribute to a better understanding of legal institutions in the German Middle Ages.
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