The anonymous tract known as Be Mircna Laga (‘Concerning Laws of the Mercians’) Textus Roffensis, f. 39v

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Author: Dr Chris Monk

Abstract:

‘In the laws of the Mercians, a ceorl’s wergild is 200 shillings.  A thegn’s wergild is six times as much, that is 12 hundred shillings. Then, according to Mercian laws, the single wergild of a king is the same as the wergild of six thegns, that is 30 thousand pennies, which is 120 pounds in total…’

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Monk, C. (2018) The anonymous tract known as Be Mircna Laga (‘Concerning Laws of the Mercians’), Textus Roffensis, f. 39v; Translated from Old English and edited. Rochester: Rochester Cathedral Research Guild.

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Published online: 18th February 2018
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