The first and second codes of King Edward the Elder (r. 899-924) form a pair in Textus Roffensis, Corpus 383 and Quadripartitus and there are few variations between the extant copies. The language of the second code is interesting because it seems to mark a change in legislative style. Edward’s second code covered theft, sureties and the changing of lords, while it also specifically referred back to Edward’s earlier legislation.

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