6. Law and Justice

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Andrew Rabin

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch6

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Rabin, A. (2012) Law and Justice, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch6

Author Information

  1. University of Louisville, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • law and Justice;
  • laws articulating a community's ideals, regulating the behavior of its citizens;
  • “Wynflæd charter” tenth-century lawsuit in British Library, Cotton Augustus II.xv.;
  • characterization of Anglo-Saxon law, situational, in understanding early English law;
  • medieval legal documents through modern, rethinking relationship of law and justice;
  • theory in the study of Anglo-Saxon law, and questions provoked by early legal texts;
  • Æthelred's demand within similar “before the law” moments in Anglo-Saxon texts;
  • situating surviving documents within historical/textual, in larger discourses of power


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “What Seems Most Just to You”

  • The Demands of the Text

  • Notes

  • References