At the same time it has been recognized that the purpose and practical effectiveness of law texts varied among western European regions in the early Middle Ages according to their differing political, social, and cultural contexts. In particular, written law was promoted far more effectively, and penetrated legal practice more deeply, in southern Europe, with its greater continuity from the literate legal culture of the Roman Empire, than in the Germanic kingdoms of the north. For instance, in Visigothic Spain the use of specific law codes was enforced by kings, and in the ninth and tenth centuries Visigothic law was cited in charters in Leon and Catalonia.

Huw Pryce, “Lawbooks and Literacy in Medieval Wales” (2000)


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