Medieval Justice: Cases and Laws in France, England and Germany, 500-1500

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A primer on medieval justice, this book focuses on France, Germany and England and covers the thousand years between the transformation of the Roman world in Western Europe, which took place around the 4th and 5th centuries, and the European Renaissance of the 14th and 15th centuries. It highlights key elements in the intricate, overlapping legal systems of the Middle Ages and describes a wide range of contemporary laws and cases.

A discussion of the modern legacies of medieval law is included, as are a brief overview of the Inquisition, the 27 articles of Joan of Arc and useful commentary on many other topics. Illustrations range from the earliest known depictions of English courts and illuminations of torture to pictures of important sites, events, and instruments of punishment in medieval law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786445028
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Why this book? 5
2 Justice in the early middle ages 10
3 Canon (ecclesiastical) law and its variants 26
4 Feudalism and justice in medieval France 41
5 Anglo-Norman justice in England before the common law 64
6 Henry II and the rise of the English common law 74
7 Medieval inquisitors 93
8 A sampler of medieval cases 108
9 Medieval crime 125
10 Justice in medieval Germany 148
11 Where medieval law and politics meet 159
12 Modern legacies of medieval justice 171
Selected chronology 179
App. I A brief overview of the inquisition 185
App. II What was one penny worth in the middle ages? 188
App. III Medieval and later laws concerning swans 190
App. IV Joan of Arc : the twenty-seven articles 192
App. V The High Court of Chivalry 195
App. VI Justices of the peace in the United Kingdom today 197
App. VII Listing of selected cases and laws cited in the text 200
Notes 203
Bibliography 215
Index 223
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