Canterbury Commemoration Society

Ethelbert’s Laws

In 2003 the Society invited Professor Patrick Wormald, a distinguished historian of the early mediaeval period, to give a lecture in support of its project to erect statues of King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha (see here).

Professor Wormald died a year later. His obituary in The Times commented that his lecture on King Ethelbert’s code of law might have been thought too difficult, even to “the public of Canterbury and Kent, proud as they might be of their special heritage. But he was able to demonstrate how exciting all this was: Kent possessed the first English law code and the first writing was in the English language”.

The lecture is available from the Society in book form for a donation. Please contact if you would like a copy.