Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other Contemporary Sources (Penguin Classics)

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This entire assortment includes Asser's lifetime of Alfred, extracts from The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and Alfred's personal writings, legislation, and will.

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25 [§ forty two] 38. furthermore we command: the guy who is familiar with his enemy26 to be residing at house is to not struggle sooner than he asks justice for himself. [§ forty two. 1] If he has adequate energy to enclose his enemy and besiege him at domestic, he's to maintain him therein for seven days and isn't to struggle opposed to him if the enemy is content material to stay inside of; after which after seven days, if the enemy is prepared to give up and quit his guns, he's to maintain him unhurt for thirty days and ship discover approximately him to his kinsmen and to his pals. [§ forty two. 2] If, in spite of the fact that, the enemy reaches a church, it really is then to be handled in line with the privilege of the church, as we've got declared above. 27 [§ forty two. three] If, besides the fact that, he doesn't have sufficient energy to besiege him at domestic, he's to trip to the ealdorman and ask him for aid; if he's not prepared to provide him help, he's to trip to the king, ahead of having recourse to struggling with. [§ forty two. four] additionally, if somebody encounters his enemy, and he didn't formerly recognize him to be at domestic: if he's prepared to renounce his guns, he's to be stored for thirty days and his neighbors knowledgeable approximately him; if he isn't keen to renounce his guns, then he may possibly struggle opposed to him. If he's keen to give up and to renounce his guns, and after that anybody fights opposed to him, he [who does so] is to pay wergild or wound28 in response to what he has performed, and a very good, and is to have forfeited [his correct to avenge] his kinsman. 29 [§ forty two. five] in addition we claim guy may possibly struggle on behalf of his lord, if somebody is struggling with opposed to the lord, with out incurring a feud; equally, the lord might struggle on behalf of his guy. [§ forty two. 6] within the comparable means, a guy may perhaps struggle on behalf of his born kinsman, if someone assaults him wrongfully, except it's opposed to his lord: that we don't enable. 30 [§ forty two. 7] And a guy might struggle with no incurring a feud if he unearths one other guy together with his lawful spouse, in the back of closed doorways or below an analogous blanket; or if he reveals one other guy together with his valid daughter, or along with his valid sister, or together with his mom who used to be given as lawful spouse to his father. [§ forty three] 39- nowadays are to receive to all unfastened males, yet to not slaves and unfree labourers:31 twelve days at Christmas; and the day on which Christ overcame the satan [15 February]; and the anniversary of St Gregory [12 March]; and the seven days prior to Easter and the seven after; and at some point on the banquet of St Peter and St Paul [29 June]; and in harvest-time the complete week earlier than the ceremonial dinner of St Mary [15 August]; and sooner or later on the dinner party of All Saints [1 November]. And the 4 Wednesdays within the 4 Ember weeks32 are to receive to all slaves, to promote to whomsoever they please whatever of what a person has given them in God’s identify, or of what they could earn in any in their spare time. [§§ 44–77] at the compensations due for accidents to a few of the components of the body;33 this portion of the code is prepared as chapters 40–43, and the legislation of King Ine, prepared as chapters 44–120, stick to. 34 The treaty among Alfred and Guthrum This record illustrates one point of King Alfred’s political task within the period among his victory over Guthrum in 878 and the Viking invasion of 892: see above, pp.

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