The Anglo-Saxon Dooms
The North People's Law
1. The North people's king's geld is thirty thousand thrymsas; fifteen thousand thrymsas are for the wergild, and fifteen thousand for the cynedom. The wer belongs to the kindred, and the cynebot to the people.
2. An archbishop's and an aetheling's wer-gild is fifteen thousand thrymsas.
3. A bishop's and ealdorman's, eight thousand thrymsas.
4. A hold's and a king's high-reeves, four thousand thrymsas.
5. A mass-thane's and a secular thane's, two thousand thrymsas.
6. A ceorl's wergeld is two hundred and sixty-six thrymsas, that is two hundred shillings by Mercian law.
7. And if a Welsh-man thrive so that he have a hide of land, and can bring forth the king's gafol, then in his wergeld 110 shillings. And if he thrive not except to half a hide, then let his wer be eighty shillings.
8. If he have not any land, and yet be free, let him be paid for with seventy shillings.
9. And if a ceorlish man thrive, so that he have five hides of land for the king's ut-ware, and any one slay him, let him be paid for with two thousand thrymsas.
10. And though he thrive, so that he have a helm and a coat of mail, and a sword ornamented with gold, if he have not that land, he is nevertheless a ceorl.
11. And if his son and his son's son so thrive, that they have so much land; afterwards the offspring shall be of gesithcund race, at two thousand thrymsas.
12. And if they have not that, nor to that can thrive, let them be paid for as ceorlish.
13. Let the king's wergeld be with the English race, by folkright, thirty thousand thrymsas, and of these, let fifteen thousand be for the wer, and the other fifteen thousand for the cynedom. The wer belongs to the kindred of the royal family, and the cynebot to the people of the country.
14. An archbishop's and an eorl's wergeld is fifteen thousand thrymsas. . . .
18. A ceorl's wergeld is 267 thrymsas by the Danish law.
19. And a Welshman's wergeld, if he be to that degree enriched that he have a hide of land and property, and pay gafol to the king, it is then 220 shillings. But if he be only risen to half a hide, then let his wer be eighty shillings.
20. If he have no land, but is free, let him be paid for with seventy shillings.
21. If a ceorl be enriched to that degree, that he have five hides of land, and anyone slay him, let him be paid for with two thousand thrymsas.
22. And if he acquire so that he have a coat of mail and a helmet, and an over-gilded sword, if he have not that land, he is sithcund.
23. And if his son and the son's son that acquire, that they have so much land, let their successors be of the sithcund kin, and let them be paid for with two thousand thrymsas.