Bruce C. Brasington, Ph.D. (1990), UCLA, is Professor of History at West Texas A&M University. He has published monographs and articles on medieval law and co-authored, with Robert Somerville, Prefaces to Canon Law Books in Latin Christianity(Yale, 1998).
All interested in medieval law, in particular ecclesiastical courts, procedure, and the development fo Roman and canon law, as well as anyone with a broader interest in legal history.
The title of this book might lead readers to expect something more modest. While the translations make it of obvious worth to anyone interested in the legal organization of premodern Western Europe, Order in the Court is really a scholarly monograph in its own right. In it, Brasington describes the conditions that gradually made law more a matter of learning than of custom. Throughout this process, Roman law exerted a gravitational pull on litigants and experts, eventually overwhelming the independent legal traditions that had built up in its absence... As much for its careful discussion of the [textual] materials (delivered with a command of a staggering range of scholarly publications) as for the texts themselves, I am grateful for the work that must have gone into the preparation of this important volume, which is sure to benefit both the teaching and the study of legal history. I expect my copy will see much use in the years to come.
Stefan Jurasinski, The Medieval Review (2017)
Table of contents
1 The Ecclesiastical Ordo iudiciorum Around 1100 25
2 The Early Romano-Canonical Process: The Worlds of Hariulf
and Bulgarus 52
3 The Anglo-Norman Ordo iudiciarius: Pseudo-Ulpianus, De edendo 112
4 William of Longchamp’s Practica Legum et decretorum 172
5 The Ordo Bambergensis 197
Selected Bibliography 287
Index of Sources and Parallels 316
General Index 324