Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe.

Karras, Ruth Mazo et al. (eds.).

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Though many of us might think of the medieval period as being rife with lawlessness, in fact there was deep respect for the law and legal procedure. This explores the many points of intersection between the institution of law and other aspects of medieval society and culture. Topics include medieval sanctuary; legal ethics; judicial violence and torture; treason and the law; marriage, concubinage and the law; the rights of Crusaders; and Canon law and Chaucer. Fascinating stuff for the historian, legal historian and religious historian.


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In the popular imagination, the Middle Ages are often associated with lawlessness. As historians have long recognized, however, medieval culture was characterized by an enormous respect for law, legal procedure, and the ideals of justice and equity. Many of our most important modern institutions and legal conceptions grew out of medieval law in its myriad forms (Roman, canon, common, customary, and feudal). Institutional structures represent only a small portion of the wider cultural field affected by-and affecting-law. In Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe such distinguished scholars as Patrick Geary, William Chester Jordan, R. I. Moore, Edward M. Peters, and Susan Mosher Stuard make the case that the development of law is deeply implicated in the growth of medieval theology and Christian doctrine; the construction of discourses on sin, human nature, honor, and virtue; the multiplying forms governing chivalry, demeanor, and social interaction, including gender relations; and the evolution of scholasticism, from its institutional context within the university to its forms of presentation, argumentation, and proof.

Book Details

Author Karras, Ruth Mazo et al. (eds.).
Format PB
Series Title The Middle Ages Series
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Imprint University of Pennsylvania Press
Number of Pages 336
Publish Date 16/03/2010
Catalogue Oct18
Catalogue book number 252