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E04221: The laws of King Ervig concerning the Jews, included in the codification of law known as the Lex Visigothorum, are read in the basilica of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) in Toledo (central Spain) in 680.

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posted on 2017-10-26, 00:00 authored by mszada
Lex Visigothorum, Book XII, Chapter 3

Lecte sunt leges suprascripte omnibus Iudeis in ecclesia sancte Marie Toleto sub die VI. Kal. Feb. anno feliciter primo regni gloriosi domini nostri Ervigii regis.

'The aforementioned laws were recited to all the Jews in the church of Holy Mary in Toledo on the 6th day before the Kalends of February in the first year of the reign of the glorious king, our lord Ervig'.

Text: Zeumer 1902, 456. Translation: M. Szada.


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Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

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  • Latin

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Place of Evidence - Region

Iberian Peninsula

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Osset Osset Osen (castrum) Osser castrum

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Jews Monarchs and their family


The Lex Visigothorum (known also as the Liber iudiciorum, 'Book of judgements') is a codification of law first composed during the reign of King Leovigild (569-586) on the basis of the Code of King Euric, composed in the mid 5th century. However, all extant manuscripts, the earliest ones from the 9th century, represent either the revised version of the code from the reign of King Reccesvinth (649-672; redaction R in the edition of Zeumer), or its enlarged version from the reigns of Kings Ervig (680-687) and Ecgica (687-702; redaction E in the edition of Zeumer), or the so-called Vulgate redaction (V in the edition of Zeumer). The cited phrase closes the collection of 28 laws concerning Jews issued by King Ervig in the first year of his reign together with six other decrees form his original contribution to the codification revised during his reign. See also E04219 and E04220.


Edition: Zeumer, K., Leges Visigothorum (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Leges nationum Germanicarum I; Hannover: Hahn, 1902). Further reading: Collins, R., Visigothic Spain, 409-711 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004).

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