KING ALFRED AND MOSAIC LAW

Paper read at University College, London, before the Jewish Historical Society of England, Monday, February 3, 1908.

Great literary achievements shed their light into remote countries and distant centuries. Mosaic law, two thousand years after it had been written down, and nearly a thousand years after it had lost its political force, met with an admiring translator among the Teutons of Britain. He was not an anonymous monk, scholarly, and amusing his leisure with a private tract, but the King of the West Saxons, the most famous lawgiver of whom Britain can boast before the Norman Conquest.

Towering high above the average prince of his time, Alfred saw the aim of kingship not solely in the protection of his people against foes from without and criminals within, but he desired to raise the whole standard of English civilisation. While generally this higher purpose, then and for many centuries later, used

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