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In the popular imagination, the Middle Ages are often associated with lawlessness. As historians have long recognized, however, medieval culture was characterized by an enormous respect for law, legal procedure, and the ideals of justice and equity. Many of our most important modern institutions and legal conceptions grew out of medieval law in its myriad forms (Roman, canon, common, customary, and feudal).

Institutional structures represent only a small portion of the wider cultural field affected by—and affecting—law. In Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe such distinguished scholars as Patrick Geary, William Chester Jordan, R. I. Moore, Edward M. Peters, and Susan Mosher Stuard make the case that the development of law is deeply implicated in the growth of medieval theology and Christian doctrine; the construction of discourses on sin, human nature, honor, and virtue; the multiplying forms governing chivalry, demeanor, and social interaction, including gender relations; and the evolution of scholasticism, from its institutional context within the university to its forms of presentation, argumentation, and proof.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction: The Reordering of Law and the Illicit in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Europe
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Legal Systems
  2. pp. 15-68
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  1. 1. A Fresh Look at Medieval Sanctuary
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. 2. Heresy as Politics and the Politics of Heresy, 1022–1180
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. 3. Legal Ethics: A Medieval Ghost Story
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. 4. The Ties That Bind: Legal Status and Imperial Power
  2. pp. 57-68
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  1. Part II: Writing the Law
  2. pp. 69-129
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  1. 5. Licit and Illicit in the Yarnall Collection at the University of Pennsylvania: Pages from the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. 6. Judicial Violence and Torture in the Carolingian Empire
  2. pp. 79-88
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  1. 7. The Ambiguity of Treason in Anglo-Norman-French Law, c. 1150–c. 1250
  2. pp. 89-102
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  1. 8. Illicit Religion: The Case of Friar Matthew Grabow, O.P.
  2. pp. 103-116
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  1. 9. Marriage, Concubinage, and the Law
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. Part III: Cases and Trials
  2. pp. 131-179
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  1. 10. Crusaders' Rights Revisited: The Use and Abuse of Crusader Privileges in Early Thirteenth-Century France
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. 11. Learned Opinion and Royal Justice: The Role of Paris Masters of Theology During the Reign of Philip the Fair
  2. pp. 149-163
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  1. 12. Coin and Punishment in Medieval Venice
  2. pp. 164-179
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  1. Part IV: Law Beyond the Law
  2. pp. 181-201
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  1. 13. Licit and Illicit in the Rhetoric of the Investiture Conflict
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. 14. Satisfying the Laws: The Legenda of Maria of Venice
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. 15. Canon Law and Chaucer on Licit and Illicit Magic
  2. pp. 211-224
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  1. 16. Law, Magic, and Science: Constructing a Border Between Licit and Illicit Knowledge in the Writings of Nicole Oresme
  2. pp. 225-237
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 239-259
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 241-303
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 305-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-315
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 317-336
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812208856
Print ISBN
9780812221060
MARC Record
OCLC
868217356
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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