The Origins of the Western Legal Tradition: From Thales to the Tudors

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What are the origins of the Western Legal Tradition - that unique tradition characterised by constitutionalism, representative institutions and rule by law? Ellen Goodman finds answers embedded in the Graeco-Roman world and in the origins of Christianity. She shows the Roman Church providing tenuous threads to the emergence of modern legal systems in the High Middle Ages. Goodman links Christianity into its origins in Greek philosophy and Judaism. She shows how the Roman Church used Christianity and Roman law and...
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Overview

What are the origins of the Western Legal Tradition - that unique tradition characterised by constitutionalism, representative institutions and rule by law? Ellen Goodman finds answers embedded in the Graeco-Roman world and in the origins of Christianity. She shows the Roman Church providing tenuous threads to the emergence of modern legal systems in the High Middle Ages. Goodman links Christianity into its origins in Greek philosophy and Judaism. She shows how the Roman Church used Christianity and Roman law and how the medieval lawyer popes developed canon law. The origins of feudalism are traced, and its transition to feudal law; the emergence of common law; the origin of constitutionalism and the origins of parliament, especially as developed by the early Tudor monarchs. Goodman uses extensive extracts from original writings to highlight the broad stream that runs through the tradition, avoiding the tributaries, so that readers will better understand a foundation stone of our modern world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781862871816
  • Publisher: Federation Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Sources
Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Foundations of Western Thought 1
2 The Sophists, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle 15
3 The Advent of Christianity 57
4 The Fathers of the Church 93
5 The Roman Law and the Roman Church 129
6 From Feudalism to Feudal Law 164
7 The Crisis Between Papacy and Empire 188
8 Emergence of the Common Law 221
9 Origins of Constitutionalism 250
10 The Origins of Parliament in England 268
Index 300
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