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

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McFarland, Apr 28, 2004 - History - 231 pages
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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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Contents

Canon Ecclesiastical Law and Its Variants
26
Feudalism and Justice in Medieval France
41
AngloNorman Justice in England Before the Common Law
64
Medieval Inquisitors
93
A Sampler of Medieval Cases
108
Medieval Crime
125
Justice in Medieval Germany
148
Modern Legacies of Medieval Justice
171
A Brief Overview of the Inquisition
185
Listing of Selected Cases and Laws Cited in the Text
200
Bibliography
215
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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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