The Origins of the Western Legal Tradition: From Thales to the Tudors (Google eBook)

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Federation Press, 1995 - Law - 303 pages
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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 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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Contents

FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN THOUGHT
1
THE SOPHISTS SOCRATES PLATO AND ARISTOTLE
15
THE ADVENT OF CHRISTIANITY
57
THE FATHERS OF THE CHURCH
93
THE ROMAN LAW AND THE ROMAN CHURCH
129
FROM FEUDALISM TO FEUDAL LAW
164
THE CRISIS BETWEEN PAPACY AND EMPIRE
188
EMERGENCE OF THE COMMON LAW
221
ORIGINS OF CONSTITUTIONALISM
250
THE ORIGINS OF PARLIAMENT IN ENGLAND
268
INDEX
300
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Ellen Goodman's column appears in more than 400 newspapers. A syndicated columnist for the "Boston Globe" and the Washington Post Writers Group, and the coauthor of the "New York Times" bestselling book on female friendships "I Know Just What You Mean, " Goodman lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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