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It was promulgated in by King Recceswinth and was revised in and Although called Visigothic, the code was in Latin and owed much to Roman tradition. The primary innovation of the code was the designation of territorial laws.
Of the laws in the code, many were revisions of those dating from the time of King Leovigild d. They dealt with 12 areas: laws and legal administrators; courts; matrimony; families and inheritances; contracts; crimes and the use of torture; robbery; crime against property; the right of asylum especially with reference to deserters from military service ; the draft and division of landed estates; laws governing doctors and merchants; and laws for the punishment of heretics, public officials, and Jews.
The code continued to be used by the Christian judges of Muslim Spain, and it benefited from the renewed prestige of the Visigothic tradition that emerged during the Christian Reconquista.
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It was promulgated in by King Recceswinth and was revised in and Although called Visigothic, the code was in Latin and owed much to Roman tradition. The primary innovation of the code was the designation of territorial laws. Of the laws in the code, many were revisions of those dating from the time of King Leovigild d.
In his son, king Recceswinth — , published the enlarged law code, which was the first law code that applied equally to the conquering Goths and the general population, of which the majority had Roman roots, and had lived under Roman laws. The code abolished the old tradition of having different laws for Romans leges romanae and Visigoths leges barbarorum , and under which all the subjects of the Visigothic kingdom would stop being romani and gothi instead becoming hispani. In this way, all subjects of the kingdom were gathered under the same jurisdiction, eliminating social and legal differences, and allowing greater assimilation of the populations. It combines elements of the Roman law , Catholic law and Germanic tribal customary law. During the first centuries of Visigothic rule, Romans were ruled by different laws than Goths were. The earliest known Visigothic laws are the Code of Euric , which were compiled by roughly A. The first written laws of the Visigothic kingdom were compiled during the rule of king Alaric II and were meant to regulate the lives of Romans, who made up the majority of the kingdom and were based on the existing Roman imperial laws and their interpretations.