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Justice under Manuel I Komnenos: Four Novels on Court Business and Murder

Justice under Manuel I Komnenos: Four Novels on Court Business and Murder

By Ruth Macrides

Fontes minores, Vol.6 (1984)

Introduction: Four novels of the emperor Manuel I – on rescripts (I), court procedure (II), court recess (III), and murder (IV) – known in Zachariae von Lingenthal’s edition as (Coll.IV) N.63,66,67, 68, owe their presentation together here in a new critical edition, with translation and commentary, to the manuscript tradition in which they have survived. Although their diplomatic differs, as do their dates of promulgation, the laws present a certain unity in terms of content, providing Manuel I’s main surviving legislation not concerned with granting privileges, nor with doctrinal or canonical matters. While Manuel’s legislation in these other areas has received some attention, the novels presented here have not until now been studied and evaluated. Their re-edition provides a context for such an examination and yields information for the study of diplomatic, registration practices, and prosopography.

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