Medieval Law In Context

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Offering an important new perspective on medieval political, legal, and social history in England, Anthony Musson examines how medieval people at all social levels thought about law, justice, politics, and their role in society. He provides a history of judicial developments in the 13th and 14th centuries, while interweaving within each chapter a special focus on different facets of legal culture and experience. This illuminating approach reveals a comprehensive picture of two ...

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Overview

Offering an important new perspective on medieval political, legal, and social history in England, Anthony Musson examines how medieval people at all social levels thought about law, justice, politics, and their role in society. He provides a history of judicial developments in the 13th and 14th centuries, while interweaving within each chapter a special focus on different facets of legal culture and experience. This illuminating approach reveals a comprehensive picture of two centuries worth of tremendous social change.

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Musson (U. of Exeter, UK) applies an unusual approach by resting his work on the assumption that law was not a separate entity in the medieval world, but part of daily life; that medieval people had a "legal consciousness". The psychological aspect of law, and its role in great events in English history are common themes as Musson considers the following aspects: professionalization; pragmatic legal knowledge<-->this includes family and household, communal obligations, court attendance, church attendance, office- holding, and literacy; participation in the royal courts; the role of parliament, and the politicization of law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719054945
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Studies
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Musson is a Barrister of the Middle Temple and Lecturer in English Law at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction: Towards a Psychology of Law
• The Role of Ideology
• The Contexts of Law
• Law in the Mind
Part II: The Professionalism of Law
• The Intellectualizing of the Law
• Towards an Identity as a Profession
• Practitioners and Ethical Considerations
• Judges and Lawyers in Society
• Center and Periphery
• Perceptions of the Legal Profession
Part III: Pragmatic Legal Knowledge
• Family and Household
• Communal Obligations
• Court Attendance
• Church Attendance
• Experience of Office-Holding
• Book Learning and Literacy
Part IV: Participation in the Royal Courts
• Availability
• Actionability
• Accountability
• Accessibility
Part V: The Role of Parliament
• The High Court of Parliament
• The Legal Personnel of Parliament
• The Regulation of Everyday Life
Part VI: Conclusion: The Politicization of Law
• Seeing and Hearing the Law: The King's Role in Justice
• Seeing and Hearing the Law: Royal Propaganda
• Legitimacy Through the Law
• The World Turned Upside Down

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