This volume, the first of two comprising The Making of English Law, provides the first full--length account of the Old English law--codes for over eighty years, and the first that has ever been published in the English language.
Preface. Part I: Preliminaries: . 1. Prologue: Early English Law and the Historians. 2. The Background and Origin of Early English Legislation. Part II: The Making and Meaning of Written Law, 886--1135: . 3. The Impact of Legislation. 4. The Manuscripts of Legislation. 5. Legislation as Text. 6. Legislation as Literature. 7. Conclusion: Legislation as Legal Culture. Bibliography. Index.