Book — 251 pages, 112 pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
This study examines illustrated manuscripts of German-Germanic law from between the 9th and 16th Centuries. The starting point is the Balthasar Behem Code, a manuscript documenting the laws of Krakow. This code, which is decorated with a series of paintings depicting everyday urban life, was so far acknowledged in only passing research. This work, however, shows the relationships between images, texts, and the historical circumstances of the manuscript, and thus arrives at an interpretation of the images as an allegory of good government. In case studies of other famous books of law, for example the illustrated manuscripts of the Sachsenspiegel ("Saxon Mirror"), but also in previously unpublished materials, the image themes are identified. -- From Amazon.com.