This code, issued by King Æthelred II (978-1016) of England, can be reliably dated to 1009 as it has a prologue that states that it was decreed when the great army came to England. This prologue gives the contemporary audience an explanation of the emergency regulation that the code lays down. The code survives only in one manuscript which bears the marks of having had considerable input from Archbishop Wulfstan of York.

Manuscripts