Salic Law – principal compilation of early Germanic law developed by Salian Franks

Salic law:

1. An influential early medieval Frankish code of law that originated with the Salian Franks and that deals with a variety of civil property and family issues but is primarily a penal code listing the punishments for various crimes.  *  Salic law is the principal compilation of the early Germanic law known collectively as Ieges barbarorum (“laws of the barbarians”).  Salic law also designated a rule barring females from the line of succession to the throne, as a result of which references to Salic law have sometimes referred only to the code provision excluding women from inheriting certain lands (which probably existed only because military duties were connected with the inheritance). In the late 19th century. Oliver Wendell Holmes revived scholarly interest in Salic law by referring to it throughout The Common Law (1881). — aka Salique lawlaw Salique (so-leek or sal-ik); lex Salim (leks sal-a-ka); Carolingian law.

Other Barbarian Law Systems:

Law of the Visigoths – early 6th century code of Roman law applied to Hispano-Roman and Gallo-Roman peoples ruled by the Germanic Visigoths.

Law of the Burgundians – the law of the (Germanic) Burgundians, first published about AD. 495.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: W.J.V. Windeyer, Lectures on Legal History 1 (2d ed. 1949).


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