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Expectations of the Law in the Middle Ages

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Edited by: Anthony Musson

ISBN13: 9780851158426
ISBN: 0851158420
Published: March 2001
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00

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This book represents the first systematic examination of the expectations people had of the law in the middle ages. Up until now historians have used medieval legal records to demonstrate the operation of legal rules, the functioning of legal institutions and the development of the legal profession, but they have rarely considered the attitudes that arose as a result of the processes of law. The papers in this volume investigate the way expectations of the law were generated, captured, revealed or replayed for posterity in medieval Europe in jurisprudential reasoning, the activity of charter writing, the framing of definitions of 'liberty', the concern for historical justifications, and the phraseology of various forms of legislation and chancery bills. Attitudes and perceptions are also considered with regard to the active role played by rulers of European states in law-giving and in the organisation of legal institutions.;Contextualising some of the developments in medieval law, this volume not only enables generalisations to be made about expectations of the law, but also highlights the existence of national and supra-national similarities as well as differences arising in medieval Europe. Dr ANTHONY MUSSON teaches in the School of Law at the University of Exeter. Contributors: RICHARD W. KAEUPER, D. HEIRBAUT, M. KORPIOLA, JUDITH EVERARD, CYNTHIA J. NEVILLE, JULIA C. CRICK, H. SUMMERSON, G. SEABOURNE, G. DODD, T. HASKETT, ANTHONY MUSSON, C. STEBBINGS, P. TUCKER

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The king and the fox - reactions to the role of kingship in tales of ""Reynard and the Fox"", Richard W. Kaeuper; Flanders - a pioneer of state-orientate feudalism? feudalism as an instrument of comital power in Flanders during the high Middle Ages (1000-1300), D. Heribaut; ""the people of Sweden shall have peace"" -peace legislation and royal power in later mediaeval Sweden, M. Korpiola; the ""assize of Count Geoffrey"" (1185) - law and politics in Angevin Brittany, J. Everard; charter writing and the exercise of lordship in 13th-century Celtic Scotland, Cynthia J. Neville; liberty and fraternity - creating and defending the liberty of St. Albans, Julia C. Crick; counterfeiters, forgers and felons in English courts, 1200-1400, H. Summerson; law morals and money -royal regulation of the substance of subjects' sales and loans in England, 1272-1399, G. Seabourne; the hidden presence - Parliament and the private petition in the 14th century, G. Dodd; conscience, justice and authority in the late-mediaeval English court of chancery, T. Haskett; appealing to the past - perceptions of law in late mediaeval England, Anthony Musson; Victorian perceptions of mediaeval jurisprudence, C. Stebbings; historians' expectations of the mediaeval legal records, R. Tucker.