The century which followed the fall of the Western Roman Empire witnessed the development of a large number of Romano-Barbarian codes, based in varying degrees upon Roman law and Teutonic customs. Roughly speaking, it might be said that the law of property in these codes was, in the main, Roman, while the law of persons was, in the main, Teutonic.

"The codes of principal historic interest are the following: of the Ostrogoths, the Edictum Theodorici; of the Franks, the Lex Salica, the Lex Ripuaria, and the Lex Francorum Chamarvorum; of the Visigoths, the Lex Visigothorum (in two codes, one known as Forum .Judicum and Jndieum Liber, intended for the barbarians; and the other as Lex Romana, also known as Liber Legum, Liber Legum Romanorum, Lex Theodosii, and best known as Breviarium Alarici, intended for the Roman inhabitants); and of the Burgundians, likewise in two codes, the Lex Gundo-bada for the Burgundian invaders, and the Lex Romana Burgundiorum, known also as Papianus. In addition to these have been preserved many early laws, some which had been digested in the form of a code. Among these are the codes of the Alamanni, the Saxons, Frisians, the Thuringians, the Bavarians, the Anglo-Saxons, and the Lombards, and in the case of Celtic tribes, the Welsh laws, and the ancient Brehon law of Ireland." 1

The code showing the least Roman influence was the Lex Salica; while the one which most closely followed the Roman law was the Ostrogothic Code of Theodoric. These Teutonic codes were, without exception, racial in their application instead of territorial. In this respect we see a reversion to the conditions existing in Rome prior to the triumph of the jus gentium.