The largest piece of legislation issued by King Alfred of Wessex (871–899) as well as the longest legislative text issued in Old English, the Domboc comprises a preface of Mosaic and apostolic law followed by the king’s own decrees, to which has been added a code named in the text as issued by King Ine of Wessex (688–726). According to the Domboc, Alfred’s own decrees were intended to renew, amend, add to and subtract from previous legislation of Athelberht, king of Kent (560–616), Ine, and Offa, king of Mercia (757–796). Historians usually agree that the Domboc was produced late in Alfred’s reign, perhaps after 893.

It was translated into Latin c. 1100: see Quadripartitus .

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