Compiled in the first decade of the thirteenth century, this massive Latin collection of English laws was produced as part of the criticism of the reign of King John, and includes interpolated versions of Quadripartitus, the Leges Henrici Primi, and the Leges Edwardi Confessoris.  The interpolations include statements of legal principles bearing on, for the most part, royal obligations toward the administration of justice, but also accounts of early lawgivers, including the legendary King Arthur which builds on his portrait in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britannie.  The Leges Anglorum also holds a number of important early legal treatises concerning the city of London, which is where the collection as a whole originated.

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