This book is the first to investigate the practice of summary justice in a late medieval Italian commune. In delineating the political and social context of that development in late medieval Bologna, it also is the first to study the phenomenon of oligarchy not only at the level of the executive body of a commune, but also in the broader councils of commune and popolo, as well as among the ranks of the enfranchised political class. The dominant popolo party constructed itself through multiple forms of exclusion that deeply affected the administration of justice and led to the rise of new institutions of judicial appeal and equity. Exclusion also led to shifting concepts of the legal status and perceptions of social identity of insider and outsider, of popolano and magnate, as revealed in the testimony of witnesses in trial records. Bologna's rich archival sources make it possible to bring a new perspective to key issues in legal and social history.
Politics and Justice in Late Medieval Bologna
Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm, University of Copenhagen
In Ports, Piracy, and Maritime War Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm presents a study of maritime predation in English and French waters around the year 1300. Heebøll-Holm shows that piracy was often part of private wars between English, French, and Gascon ports and mariners, occupying a liminal space ...
Edited by Richard W. Kaeuper University of Rochester, with the assistance of Paul Dingman and Peter Sposato.
How law and governance operated in Medieval England—and whether contemporaries saw justice in its operations—have long generated scholarly discussions. Thirteen scholars, established and younger figures, historians and literary analysts, offer their new views in this volume.
Edited by Susanne Jenks, Jonathan Rose and Christopher Whittick
This book focuses on medieval legal history. The essays discuss the birth of the Common Law, the interaction between systems of law, the evolution of the legal profession, and the operation and procedures of the Common Law in England. All these factors will ensure a warm reception of the volume ...
Edited by Mia Korpiola
The book approaches medieval marriage law and custom from a comparative perspective. Although concentrating on source material from one region, some articles discuss the regionality and universality of matrimonial practices and norms. Others compare several regions.
This book offers a comprehensive examination of how the Fourth Lateran Council’s prohibition against trial by ordeal was implemented in Danish secular law and how it required both a fundamental restructuring of legal procedure and an entirely different approach to jurisprudence in practice.
Sara Elin Roberts
Llawysgrif Pomffred is an edition of Peniarth 259B, a medieval Welsh law manuscript, nicknamed 'Pomffred' as it apparently spent some time at Pontefract. The manuscript presents a Cyfnerth-type text as well as a lengthy tail of additional, largely Marcher law.
In the Nordic medieval laws a new definition of kinship – a canonical one – was introduced, based on the Church’s incest prohibitions and the requirement to love your kin. It influences the rules for property transfer, inheritance, wergeld and marriage.
Edited by Stefan Jurasinski, Lisi Oliver and Andrew Rabin
This volume marks the centenary of Liebermann’s Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen (1903-1916) by bringing together essays by scholars specializing in medieval legal culture. The essays address not only Liebermann’s legacy, but also major issues in the study of early law.
Gregory I. Halfond
Between the reigns of Clovis and Charlemagne (AD 511-768) at least eighty ecclesiastical synods assembled in the Kingdom of the Franks. This book defines the functions and modus operandi of the Frankish church council as an administrative body.
Charlene M. Eska
This volume provides a complete English translation of Cáin Lánamna "The Law of Couples," an Old Irish legal text dated to c. 700 which is a major source of information about women, marriage, and divorce in early Ireland.
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