If any one, man or woman, shall have called a woman harlot, and shall not have been able to prove it, he shall be sentenced to 1800 denars, which make 45 shillings.

If any person shall have called another ‘fox,’ he shall be sentenced to 3 shillings.

If any person shall have called another ‘hare,’ he shall be sentenced to 3 shillings.

If any man shall have brought it up against another that he have thrown away his shield, and shall not have been able to prove it, he shall be sentenced to 120 denars, which make 3 shillings.

Salic Law, 6th century, drawn up under King Clovis of the Franks.  Readings in Medieval History, Patrick Geary (ed.), Toronto: Broadview, 1989, p. 150

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