Law and administration - works from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Manuscripts and prints on the subject of law and administration provide administrative and normative texts of the most varied kinds – i.e. deeds, trial records as well as administrative documents, decrees and laws – from various bodies, which in the Middle Ages and the (early) modern period may be of both a secular and ecclesiastical nature. A religious context includes in particular those prints and manuscripts that deal with religious law or ecclesiastical (canonical) law, especially that of the Roman Catholic Church.

In this collection from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, bavarikon presents several early/high medieval manuscripts of so-called folk or tribal rights, namely the Lex Baiuvariorum (Clm 19415) and the tribal law of the Rhine-Franconians, the Lex Ripuaria (Clm 4115), as well as a manuscript of the Schwabenspiegel (Cgm 9299), among others. In addition, a selection of legal sources of canon law are consolidated here, such as the so-called Decree Gratians (Clm 23552 and 2 L.impr.membr. 1 a as well as 2 Inc.c.a. 854 a) and various collections of decrees (Clm 18095 and Clm 23560). Two manuscripts of the (Ober-)Bayerisches Landrecht (Cgm 15 and Cgm 1506) from the mid-14th century are further examples of normative law. An exceptionally elaborately designed example is also presented for the mentioned area of administrative writing, namely the basic interest book from Raitenhaslach (Cgm 1517), a manuscript that was written in the Cistercian abbey there in 1438.

Finally, a somewhat literary examination of the law or legal norms should be mentioned: the Belial (Cgm 48), written by Jacobus von Theramo (died 1417) and decorated with miniatures, including some of devils. Jesus Christ is put on trial by Satan (Belial) – a process which, with the presentation of various legal and theological arguments, finally ends with the acquittal of Christ.

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