Capitularies Law and Legal Definition

The Capitularia or Capitularies, refers to a code of laws or a series of legislative or administrative acts emanating from the Frankish court of the Merovingian and Carolingian dynasties, especially that of the first emperor, Charlemagne. It was so called because they were formally divided into small chapters or heads called capitula.

As soon as the capitulary was composed, it was sent to the various functionaries of the Frankish empire, archbishops, bishops, missi dominici and counts, a copy being kept by the chancellor in the archives of the palace. The last emperor to compose capitularies was Lambert in 898. The edition by Baluze, published in 1677, is considered to be the best.