In 1914, Elias Avery Lowe published The Beneventan Script: A History of the South Italian Minuscule, a work that rethought palaeographic categories and shed light on a particular script that flourished in the Medieval Southern Italy. The proposal was destined to cross disciplinary boundaries, redefining an entire culture and its territory of reference. The link between this space and its political structure hinges on Lombard domination, but it shows to be very loose. The merit of the label provided by Lowe is precisely that it transcends too narrow boundaries and rigid chronologies. Alongside the minuscule, a 'beneventan' chant and painting was identified. The aim of this essay is to verify the applicability of the definition also in the legal sphere, broadening the view from legislation to practice from a pluralist perspective.
KEYWORDS: Alto Medioevo, Zona beneventana, Longobardi, Diritto, Storia del diritto
Early Middle Ages, Beneventan Zone, Lombards, Law, Legal History