Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe

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Ruth Mazo Karras, Joel Kaye, E. Ann Matter
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008 - History - 315 pages

In the popular imagination, the Middle Ages are often associated with lawlessness. As historians have long recognized, however, medieval culture was characterized by an enormous respect for law, legal procedure, and the ideals of justice and equity. Many of our most important modern institutions and legal conceptions grew out of medieval law in its myriad forms (Roman, canon, common, customary, and feudal).

Institutional structures represent only a small portion of the wider cultural field affected by—and affecting—law. In Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe such distinguished scholars as Patrick Geary, William Chester Jordan, R. I. Moore, Edward M. Peters, and Susan Mosher Stuard make the case that the development of law is deeply implicated in the growth of medieval theology and Christian doctrine; the construction of discourses on sin, human nature, honor, and virtue; the multiplying forms governing chivalry, demeanor, and social interaction, including gender relations; and the evolution of scholasticism, from its institutional context within the university to its forms of presentation, argumentation, and proof.

 

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Contents

The Reordering of Law and the Illicit in Eleventh
1
A Fresh Look at Medieval Sanctuary
17
Heresy as Politics and the Politics of Heresy 10221180
33
A Medieval Ghost Story
47
Legal Status and Imperial Power
57
Licit and Illicit in the Yarnall Collection at the University
71
Judicial Violence and Torture in the Carolingian Empire
79
The Case of Friar Matthew Grabow O P
103
The Role of Paris Masters
149
Coin and Punishment in Medieval Venice
164
Licit and Illicit in the Rhetoric of the Investiture
183
The Legenda of Maria of Venice
197
Canon Law and Chaucer on Licit and Illicit Magic
211
Constructing a Border Between Licit
225
List of Abbreviations
239
List of Contributors
305

Marriage Concubinage and the Law
117
The Use and Abuse of Crusader
133

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Ruth Mazo Karras is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and author of From Boys to Men: Formations of Masculinity in Later Medieval Europe, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Joel Kaye is Professor of History at Barnard College and author of Economy and Nature in the Fourteenth Century: Money, Market Exchange, and the Emergence of Scientific Thought. E. Ann Matter is Associate Dean for Arts and Letters in the School of Arts and Sciences and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Voice of My Beloved: The Song of Songs in Western Medieval Christianity, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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