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A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages

A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages, Volume 2

by Emanuele Conte

Emanuele Conte is Professor of Medieval and Modern Legal History at Roma Tre University, Italy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Laurent Mayali

Laurent Mayali is Lloyd M. Robbins Professor of Law at Berkeley Law, University of California, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474206617
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-1285-4 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-1253-3 (set)

    978-1-3500-7927-4 (epdf)

    978-1-3500-7928-1 (epub)

    978-1-4742-0661-7 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2019
A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages
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In 500, the legal order in Europe was structured around ancient customs, social practices and feudal values. By 1500, the effects of demographic change, new methods of farming and economic expansion had transformed the social and political landscape and had wrought radical change upon legal practices and systems throughout Western Europe. A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages explores this change and the rich and varied encounters between Christianity and Roman legal thought which shaped the period. Evolving from a combination of religious norms, local customs, secular legislations, and Roman jurisprudence, medieval law came to define an order that promoted new forms of individual and social representation, fostered the political renewal that heralded the transition from feudalism to the Early Modern state and contributed to the diffusion of a common legal language.

Drawing upon a wealth of textual and visual sources, A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages presents essays that examine key cultural case studies of the period on the themes of justice, constitution, codes, agreements, arguments, property and possession, wrongs, and the legal profession.