GERMANIC IDEAS OF LAW.
AUTHORITIES:-- The "Leges Barbarorum," laws of the several
German nations complete in F. Walter: Corpus juris germanici
antiqui. 3 vols. Berlin, 1824. Incomplete in Pertz: Monumenta
Germ. hist. Leges III. IV. Also Legal Formulæ, in E. de Rozière : Recueil général des formules usitées dans l'empire
des Francs. 3 pts. Paris, 1859-71. Also in Mon. Germ. hist.
Leges, Sec. V. I. 2.--The legal ideas expressed in these monu-
ments of the existing traditions were modified by special edicts
of the Frankish kings, known as "Capitularies," found in Mon.
Germ. hist. Leges I. II. Ed. Pertz in Leges, Sec. II. 1. Ed.
A. Boretius. Selections from all these in Gengler, Germanische
MODERN WORKS:-- O. Stobbe: Geschichte der Deutschen Rechts-
quellen. 2 vols. 1860-64.-- H. Zoepfl: Deutsche Rechtsge-
schichte. 3 vols. 1871-72.-- Bethmann-Hollweg, Der Civil-
process des gemeinen Rechts IV.-VI.1. Der germanisch-römische
Civil-process im Mittelalter.
IT is clear that when two peoples like the Germans and Romans came into contact through conquest and were forced to live side by side on the same soil, their differences in customs and traditions would come out very strongly and would often give rise to serious troubles.
In no respect were these differences more marked than in the views of law held by the two races. We have been speaking of the Germans as barbarians, and the word may have seemed to suggest people living without any well-de
The Germans had a legal system.