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The Profession and Practice of Medieval Canon Law

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ISBN13: 9780860789277
ISBN: 0860789276
Published: August 2004
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £100.00



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This latest collection of studies by James Brundage deals with the emergence of the profession of canon law and with aspects of its practice in the period from the 12th to the 14th centuries. Substantial numbers of lawyers systematically trained in canon law first appeared in Western Europe during the second half of the 12th, century and in the 13th they began to dominate the hierarchy of the Western church. By 1250 canon law had grown into something more than a profitable occupation: it had become a recognizable profession in the strict meaning of the term as it is still used today.

University law faculties trained aspiring canonists in the mysteries of their craft and put them through intellectually demanding exercises that terminated in a formal examination before they received their degrees. Judges in church courts formally admitted them to practice after verifying their educational qualifications and administered prescribed rules of conduct.

Particular topics are the canonists' system of legal ethics, the education and training of canon lawyers in university law faculties, and some fundamental features of the professional practice of canon law, both in medieval Europe and in the crusading states of the Levant.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Preface
The Legal Profession and Legal Ethics: The rise of professional canonists and development of the Ius Commune
The ethics of the legal profession: medieval canonists and their clients
The ethics of advocacy: confidentiality and conflict of interest in medieval canon law
The calumny oath and ethical ideals of canonical advocates
Entry to the ecclesiastical bar at Ely in the 14th century: the oath of admission
The monk as lawyer. Legal Education and Universities: Teaching canon law
Universities and the 'Ius Commune' in medieval Europe
The canon law curriculum in medieval Cambridge
The Cambridge faculty of canon law and the ecclesiastical courts of Ely
From classroom to courtroom: Parisian canonists and their careers. Fees, Costs and Legal Practice: The profits of the law: legal fees of university-trained advocates
Taxation of costs in medieval canonical courts
Legal aid for the poor and the professionalization of law in the Middle Ages
Contingent fees and the Ius Commune
The bar of the Ely consistory court in the 14th century: advocates, proctors, and others
Latin jurists in the Levant: the legal elite of the crusader states
The lawyers of the military orders
Addenda et corrigenda
Indexes.