VI. KING FLAVIUS CHINDASVINTH.
How kings should practise acts of mercy.
Whenever a supplication is made to us on behalf of those who have been implicated in any crime against our majesty, we willingly give attention to such appeals, and exercise the prerogative of mercy when it is consistent with our power. We must, however, refuse to interfere when a crime of this kind has been committed against the nation and our country. Yet, if a prince should desire to be merciful to persons of such wicked character, he shall have the right to do so, with the approval of the priests and the principal officers of the court.
(trans. S.P. Scott 1910: 201; slightly altered)