The Canon Law and Ecclesiatical Jurisdiction from 597 to the 1640s

The Canon Law and Ecclesiatical Jurisdiction from 597 to the 1640s

by R. H. Helmholz


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This volume traces the reception and subsequent history of the canon law in England between 597 and 1649. It covers, amongst other topics, the Anglo-Saxon laws, both secular and spiritual; the establishment of consistory courts; and the fate of the canon law during and after the English reformation.

Secondly, this volume addresses the subjects under ecclesiastical jurisdiction: civil procedure and the law of proof; monetary obligations and economic regulation; testamentary law and probate jurisdiction; tithes and spiritual dues; churches and the clergy; marriage and divorce; defamation; and crimes and criminal procedure. These subjects are examined using evidence from later medieval and early modern court records, and the volume seeks to place them within the context of formal canon law. The volume also places ecclesiastical jurisdiction within the context of English society and the English common law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198258971
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Series: Oxford History of the Laws of England Series
Pages: 728
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

R. H. Helmholz is currently a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Between 1999 and 2000 he was the Goodhart Professor at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

I. The Anglo-Saxon Church
II. The Norman Conquest to the Establishment of Consistory Courts
III. The Thirteenth Century to the Accession of Elizabeth
IV. The Elizabethan Settlement to the Abolition of Episcopacy
V. Civil Procedure and the Law of Proof
VI. Monetary Obligations and Economic Regulation
VII. Testamentary law and Probate Jurisdiction
VIII. Tithes and Spiritual Dues
IX. Churches and the Clergy
X. Marriage and Divorce
XI. Defamation
XII. Crimes and Criminal Procedure

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