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xvii, 234 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction
  • The court framework in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England
  • Violence and theft in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England
  • Law and land-holding in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Law and land-holding in Anglo-Norman England
  • Angevin reform
  • Crime and the Angevin reforms
  • Law and land-holding in Angevin England
  • Magna carta and the formation of the English common law.
The Formation of English Common Law provides a comprehensive overview of the development of early English law, one of the classic subjects of medieval history. This much expanded second edition spans the centuries from King Alfred to Magna Carta, abandoning the traditional but restrictive break at the Norman Conquest. Within a strong interpretative framework, it also integrates legal developments with wider changes in the thought, society, and politics of the time. Rather than simply tracing elements of the common law back to their Anglo-Saxon, Norman or other origins, John Hudson examines and analyses the emergence of the common law from the interaction of various elements that developed over time, such as the powerful royal government inherited from Anglo-Saxon England and land holding customs arising from the Norman Conquest. Containing a new chapter charting the Anglo-Saxon period, as well as a fully revised Further Reading section, this new edition is an authoritative yet highly accessible introduction to the formation of the English common law and is ideal for students of history and law.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138189331 20171121
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viii, 280 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
  • Preface
  • Justice delayed : absent recognitors and the Angevin legal reforms, c. 1200 / William Eves
  • Testament and inheritance : the lessons of the brief widowhood of Isabel, countess of Pembroke / David Crouch
  • A crossroads in criminal procedure : the assumptions underlying England's adoption of trial by jury for crime / Elizabeth Papp Kamali and Thomas A. Green
  • The General Eyre and royal finance / Jens Röhrkasten
  • Royal privilege and episcopal rights in the later thirteenth century : the case of the Ashbourne Advowson, 1270-1289 / Joshua C. Tate
  • The clerk William Tyssyngton and the pursuit of fugitives in the late thirteenth-century / Karl Shoemaker
  • Profits and perils of an Irish legal career : Sir Elias Ashbourne (d. 1356), Chief Justice and Marcher Lord / Robin Frame
  • Two jurisdictions in dispute about canonical appeals : London and Canterbury, 1375-6 / F. Donald Logan
  • The outlaw in later medieval Ireland / Áine Foley
  • The origins and development of judicial tenure 'during good behaviour' to 1485 / Ryan Rowberry
  • 'Et subridet etc.' : smiles, laughter and levity in the medieval year books / Gwen Seabourne
  • Men of law and professional identity in late medieval England / Anthony Musson
  • Legal services for the poor in the early common law / David J. Seipp.
Law mattered in later medieval England and Ireland. A quick glance at the sources suggests as much. From the charter to the will to the court roll, the majority of the documents which have survived from later medieval England and Ireland, and medieval Europe in general, are legal in nature. Yet despite the fact that law played a prominent role in medieval society, legal history has long been a marginal subject within medieval studies both in Britain and North America. Much good work has been done in this field, but there is much still to do. This volume, a collection of essays in honour of Paul Brand, who has contributed perhaps more than any other historian to our understanding of the legal developments of later medieval England and Ireland, is intended to help fill this gap. The essays collected in this volume, which range from the twelfth to the sixteenth century, offer the latest research on a variety of topics within this field of inquiry. While some consider familiar topics, they do so from new angles, whether by exploring the underlying assumptions behind England's adoption of trial by jury for crime or by assessing the financial aspects of the General Eyre, a core institution of jurisdiction in twelfth- and thirteenth-century England. Most, however, consider topics which have received little attention from scholars, from the significance of judges and lawyers smiling and laughing in the courtroom to the profits and perils of judicial office in English Ireland. The essays provide new insights into how the law developed and functioned within the legal profession and courtroom in late medieval England and Ireland, as well as how it pervaded the society at large.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472477385 20180205
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xiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction. Books and book history in motion : materiality, sociality and spatiality / Daniel Bellingradt and Jeroen Salman
  • Promoting the Counter-Reformation in provincial France : printing and bookselling in sixteenth-century Verdun / Malcolm Walsby
  • Conrad Gessner and the mobility of the book : Zurich, Frankfurt, Venice (1543) / Paul Nelles
  • Paper networks and the book industry : the business activities of an eighteenth-century paper dealer in Amsterdam / Daniel Bellingradt
  • Marketing a new legal code in fifteen-century Castile : a case study of the interactions between crown, law and printing / Benito Rial Costas
  • Links between newspapers and books : the case of an early "media tycoon" in late eighteenth-century central Europe / Andreas Golob
  • Publishers, editors and artists in the marketin of news in the Dutch Republic circa 1700 : the case of Jan Goeree and the Europische Mercurius / Joop W. Koopmans
  • The battle of medical books : publishing strategies and the medical market in the Dutch Republic (1650-1750) / Jeroen Salman
  • What killed Théodore Rilliet de Saussure? : censorship and the old regime in France, 1769-1789 / Mark Curran
  • Reading strategies in Scotland circa 1750-1820 / Vivienne S. Dunstan
  • Italian books and French medical libraries in the Renaissance / Shanti Graheli
  • Printed in Europe, consumed in Ottoman lands : European books in the Middle East, 1514-1842 / Geoffrey Roper
  • Epilogue: Materiality, sociality and spatiality and the need for book historical innovation. Matter, sociability and space : some ways of looking at the history of books / Joad Raymond.
This book presents and explores a challenging new approach in book history. It offers a coherent volume of thirteen chapters in the field of early modern book history covering a wide range of topics and it is written by renowned scholars in the field. The rationale and content of this volume will revitalize the theoretical and methodological debate in book history. The book will be of interest to scholars and students in the field of early modern book history as well as in a range of other disciplines. It offers book historians an innovative methodological approach on the life cycle of books in and outside Europe. It is also highly relevant for social-economic and cultural historians because of the focus on the commercial, legal, spatial, material and social aspects of book culture. Scholars that are interested in the history of science, ideas and news will find several chapters dedicated to the production, circulation and consumption of knowledge and news media.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319533650 20180129
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xiv, 311 pages ; 24 cm.
  • I commentatori
  • Giovanni da Imola : la vita
  • Le opere
  • La dimensione intellettualle
  • Giuristi e culturala giuridica a Imola nell'età di mezzo.
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305 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Ministers and officials
  • Church and religion
  • Liberties, franchises, and rights
  • Crime, debt, and the law
  • Merchants, trade, and finance
  • War, resistance, and revolt
  • Multiple petitions
  • Appendix: Chronological lists of known common petitions, 1290-1340.
The fourteenth century witnessed the emergence of the parliamentary common petition, a statement of grievance and request for reform that provided the basis for much of the royal legislation of the period. In the process of compiling the common petitions, much proposed business was set aside and not committed to the permanent record of the parliament roll. A significant body of that 'lost' material has now been recovered and is published here for the first time, providing a fresh understanding of the full range of preoccupations of the medieval House of Commons as it emerged as the mouthpiece of the political community before the king. Alongside questions over the rights of the church, the corruption of officials and the processes of royal justice, the commons also expressed deep concerns over the many political, economic and social concerns of the period, including the consequences of war, plague and revolt.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108419673 20180403
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xvii, 241 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm.
  • Judicial procedure and practice during the founding period of Islamic law. Section introduction / William Graham
  • The logic of excluding testimony in early Islam / Ahmed El Shamsy
  • Circumstantial evidence in the administration of Islamic justice / Hossein Modarressi
  • The curious case of Bughaybigha, 661-883 : land and leadership in early Islamic societies / Intisar A. Rabb
  • A critique of adjudication : formative moments in early Islamic legal history / Nahed Samour
  • Concepts of justice in the ʻAbbāsid East. Section introduction / Intisar A. Rabb & Abigail Krasner Balbale
  • Words of ʻajam in the world of Arab : translation and translator in early Islamic judicial procedure / Mahmood Kooria
  • The Judge and the judge : the heavenly and earthly court of justice in early Islam / Christian Lange
  • Justice, judges, and the law in three Arabic mirrors for princes, 8th-11th centuries / Louise Marlow
  • Judges and judicial practice in the Islamic West. Section introduction / Michael Cook
  • Joking judges : a view from the medieval Islamic West / Maribel Fierro
  • Judicial procedure and legal practice on liʻān (imprectory oath) in al-Andalus : evidence from model shurūṭ collections, 11th-12th Centuries / Delfina Serrano
  • Supplement: Reading with Roy : the scholarly output of Professor Roy Mottahedeh. Section introduction / Cemal Kafadar.
Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts explores the administration of justice during Islam's founding period, 632 1250 CE. Inspired by the scholarship of Roy Parviz Mottahedeh, ten scholars of Islamic law draw on diverse sources including historical chronicles, biographical dictionaries, exegetical works, and mirrors for princes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674984219 20180409
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xvi, 390 pages ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Approaching law and order in the early Middle Ages
  • Law before Æthelberht
  • Kingship, legislation, and punishment in the seventh century
  • Royal administration and legal practice to the early tenth century
  • Substantive legal change
  • Ideals of kingship and order
  • Local legal practice and royal control
  • Rights and revenues
  • Conclusion: Continuity, change, and the Norman conquest.
Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England explores English legal culture and practice across the Anglo-Saxon period, beginning with the essentially pre-Christian laws enshrined in writing by King Aethelberht of Kent in c. 600 and working forward to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It attempts to escape the traditional retrospective assumptions of legal history, focused on the late twelfth-century Common Law, and to establish a new interpretative framework for the subject, more sensitive to contemporary cultural assumptions and practical realities. The focus of the volume is on the maintenance of order: what constituted good order; what forms of wrongdoing were threatening to it; what roles kings, lords, communities, and individuals were expected to play in maintaining it; and how that worked in practice. Its core argument is that the Anglo-Saxons had a coherent, stable, and enduring legal order that lacks modern analogies: it was neither state-like nor stateless, and needs to be understood on its.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198786313 20170605
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xv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • The evolution of social norms relating to the assistance of others
  • Legal responses to the corruption of justice
  • The early litigation, 1272-1327
  • Efforts to deal with corruption of justice in the reign of Edward III
  • Criminal and civil litigation in the reign of Edward III
  • Maintenance and medieval literature
  • Changes in the late medieval period
  • The development of the law of maintenance : legitimate maintenance
  • The development of the law of maintenance : illegal maintenance
  • Livery
  • Achieving the legislative objectives of maintenance statutes
  • Conclusion.
This is the first book covering those who abused and misused the legal system in medieval England and the initial attempts of the Anglo-American legal system to deal with these forms of legal corruption. Maintenance, in the sense of intermeddling in another person's litigation, was a source of repeated complaint in medieval England. This book reveals for the first time what actually transpired in the resultant litigation. Extensive study of the primary sources shows that the statutes prohibiting maintenance did not achieve their objectives because legal proceedings were rarely brought against those targeted by the statutes: the great and the powerful. Illegal maintenance was less extensive than frequently asserted because medieval judges recognized a number of valid justifications for intermeddling in litigation. Further, the book casts doubt on the effectiveness of the statutory regulation of livery. This is a treasure trove for legal historians, literature scholars, lawyers, and academic libraries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107043985 20170807
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vii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Introduction
  • The historical and social context of the Yuan dianzhang
  • Yuan administration and the legal system
  • Origins, contents, and transmission of the Yuan dianzhang
  • Notes on the translation
  • Sections 1-2 : marriage rites and exchanges; getting married
  • Sections 3-5 : marriage between officials and commoners; marriages of military personnel; divorce --tSections 6-8 : when the husband dies; levirate marriage approved; no levirate marriage
  • Sections 9-12 : secondary wives; marriage between slaves and commoners; marriage of entertainers; marriage during the mourning period.
These thirteenth-century legal cases from the classic compendium Yuan dianzhang reveal the complex, contradictory inner workings of the Mongol-Yuan legal system, as seen through the prism of divorce, adultery, rape, wife-selling, and other marital disputes. Bettine Birge offers a meticulously annotated translation and analysis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674975514 20170807
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xvii, 286 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction
  • The Matrimonial Tribunal and the procedure in marriage litigations
  • Witnesses and testimony
  • The office of the judge : mediation, inquisition, confession
  • "Maybe so" : marriage and consent in pre-Tridentine Venice
  • Venetian "matrimoniallia" : a quantitative analysis (1420-1500)
  • Conclusions.
This book investigates the actions of marriage tribunals by analyzing the richest source of marriage suits extant in Italy, those of the Venetian ecclesiastical tribunal, between 1420 and the opening of the Council of Trent. It offers a strongly representative overview of the changes the Council introduced to centuries-old marriage practices, relegating it to the realm of marginality and deviance and nearly erasing the memory of it altogether. From the eleventh century onward, the Church assured itself of a jurisdictional monopoly over the matter of marriage, operating both in concert and in conflict with secular authorities by virtue of marriage's civil consequences, the first of which regarded the legitimacy of children. Secular tribunals were responsible for patrimonial matters between spouses, though the Church at times inserted itself into these matters either directly, by substituting itself for the secular authority, or indirectly, by influencing Rulings through their own sentences. Lay magistratures, for their part, somewhat eroded the authority of ecclesiastical tribunals by continuing to exercise autonomous jurisdiction over marriage, especially regarding separation and crimes strictly connected to the nuptial bond and its definition, including adultery, bigamy, and rape.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319387994 20170703
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xiv, 196 pages ; 24 cm
  • The medieval contribution to modern international relations / William Bain
  • The medieval and the international : a strange case of mutual neglect / Nicholas Rengger
  • Metaphysics and the problem of international order / C.J.C Pickstock
  • Secularism in question : Hugo Grotius's "impious hypothesis" again / Francis Oakley
  • Between false-universalism and radical-particularism : thoughts on Thomas Hobbes and international relations / Joshua Mitchell
  • The medieval Roman and canon law origins of international law / Joseph Canning
  • Then and now : the medieval conception of just war versus recent portrayals of the just war idea / James Turner Johnson
  • Humanitarian intervention in a world of sovereign states : the Grotian dilemma / James Muldoon
  • The medieval and early modern legacy of rights : the rights to punish and to property / Camilla Boisen and David Boucher
  • International relations and the "modern" Middle Ages : rival theological theorisations of international order / Adrian Pabst.
The purpose of this volume is to explore the medieval inheritance of modern international relations. Recent years have seen a flourishing of work on the history of international political thought, but the bulk of this has focused on the early modern and modern periods, leaving continuities with the medieval world largely ignored. The medieval is often used as a synonym for the barbaric and obsolete, yet this picture does not match that found in relevant work in the history of political thought. The book thus offers a chance to correct this misconception of the evolution of Western international thought, highlighting that the history of international thought should be regarded as an important dimension of thinking about the international and one that should not be consigned to history departments. Questions addressed include: * what is the medieval influence on modern conception of rights, law, and community? * how have medieval ideas shaped modern conceptions of self-determination, consent, and legitimacy? * are there 'medieval' answers to 'modern' questions? * is the modern world still working its way through the Middle Ages? * to what extent is the 'modern outlook' genuinely secular? * is there a 'theology' of international relations? * what are the implications of continuity for predominant historical narrative of the emergence and expansion of international society? Medieval and modern are certainly different; however, this collection of essays proceeds from the conviction that the modern world was not built on a new plot with new building materials. Instead, it was constructed out of the rubble, that is, the raw materials, of the Middle Ages.This will be of great interest to students and scholars of IR, IR theory and political theory. .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138795792 20161124
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267 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Contextualizing and conceptualizing minor marriage
  • The early compendia
  • Early Ḥanafī thought
  • Early Mālikī thought
  • Al-Shāfiʻī
  • Consensus
  • Writing consensus
  • Post-formative scholars
  • Conclusion: Does consensus matter?
In Minor Marriage in Early Islamic Law, Carolyn Baugh offers an in-depth exploration of 8th-13th century legal sources on the marriageability of prepubescents, focusing on such issues as maintenance, sexual readiness, consent, and a father's right to compel. Modern efforts to resist establishment of a minimum marriage age in countries such as Saudi Arabia rest on claims of early juristic consensus that fathers may compel their prepubescent daughters to marry. This work investigates such claims by highlighting the extremely nuanced discussions and debates recorded in early legal texts. From the works of famed early luminaries to the "consensus writers" of later centuries, each chapter brings new insights into a complex and enduring debate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004344839 20170814
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xlix, 570 pages ; 24 cm.
  • The legal character of Magna Carta
  • Chapter 29 in the fourteenth century
  • Magna Carta in the inns of court 1340-1540
  • Personal liberty and the church
  • Royal prerogative and common law under Elizabeth I
  • William Fleetwood and Magna Carta
  • The resurgence of chapter 29 after 1580
  • Magna Carta and the rule of law 1592-1606
  • Sir Edward Coke and Magna Carta 1606-1615
  • A year 'consecrate to justice' : 1616
  • Myth and reality
  • Appendices. Two Fifteenth-Century Readings on Chapter 29
  • Actions founded on chapter 29 (1501-32)
  • William Fleetwood on chapter 29 (c. 1558)
  • Fleetwood's tracts on Magna Carta and on statutes : a concordance of parallel passages
  • Six Elizabethan cases (1582-1600)
  • The judges' resolutions on habeas corpus (1592)
  • Coke's memorandum on chapter 29 (1604)
  • Whetherly v. Whetherly (1605)
  • Maunsell's case (1607)
  • Bulthorpe v. Ladbrook (1607).
Magna Carta was largely ineffective for practical purposes between the fourteenth century and the sixteenth, late-medieval law lectures giving no hint of its later importance. A treatise by William Fleetwood (c.1558) was still in the traditional mould, but the lectures of the 'Puritan' barrister and MP Robert Snagge in 1581, and the speeches and tracts of his colleagues, advocated new uses for it. After centuries of oblivion, in 1587 there were eight reported cases in which chapter 29 was cited. Sir Edward Coke made extensive claims for chapter 29, linking it with habeas corpus, and then as a judge (1606-16) he deployed it with effect in challenging encroachments on the common law and the liberty of the subject. This book ends in 1616 with the lectures of Francis Ashley, summarising the effects of the new learning, and then Coke's dismissal for pushing his case too hard. A challenging new account.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107187054 20170508
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viii, 264 pages ; 25 cm.
  • The accused and the court : confrontations and legal spaces
  • "De verbis ad verbera" : wounded honor, interpersonal violence, and exculpatory narratives
  • Disciplining the clergy : personal sins and public challenges
  • Civil litigation : a space of registration and mediation
  • The court as a judicial space : coercion and compliance, sanctioning and sentencing.
Diocesan Justice in Late Fifteenth-Century Carpentras uses notarial records from the 1480s to reconstruct the procedures, caseload, and sanctions of the bishop's court of Carpentras and compare them to other secular and ecclesiastical courts. The court provided a robust forum for debt litigation utilized by a wide variety of people. Its criminal proceedings focused on recidivist clerics who engaged in fights, disobedience, anti-Jewish activities, and sexual transgressions. Its justice varied depending on whether cases involved violence, sex, or contracts. The judge applied sanctions gingerly and protected litigants' rights carefully, in ways we might not expect: his role was to intervene in, explore, and document conflicts, and to elicit confessions and mediate disputes. Participants exploited this narrative and archival space well.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004310674 20170123
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xiii, 349 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction
  • The provinces and the laws
  • Vocabulary.
The Danish medieval laws: the laws of Scania, Zealand and Jutland contains translations of the four most important medieval Danish laws written in the vernacular. The main texts are those of the Law of Scania, the two laws of Zealand - Valdemar's and Erik's - and the Law of Jutland, all of which date from the early thirteenth century. The Church Law of Scania and three short royal ordinances are also included. These provincial laws were first written down in the first half of the thirteenth century and were in force until 1683, when they were replaced by a national law. The laws, preserved in over 100 separate manuscripts, are the first extended texts in Danish and represent a first attempt to create a Danish legal language. The book starts with a brief but thorough introduction to the history of Denmark in the thirteenth century, covering the country, the political setting and the legal context in which the laws were written. There follows the translated text from each province, preceded by a general introduction to each area and an introduction to the translation offering key contextual information and background on the process of translating the laws. An Old Danish-English glossary is also included, along with an annotated glossary to support the reading of the translations. This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of medieval Scandinavian legal history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138951358 20160619
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206 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
  • Introduzione: Un palinsesto dantesco
  • Ordinamento cosmologico e ordinamento giuridico
  • La legittimazione dell'Impero romano
  • Giusto naturale e giusto legale
  • La parola ornata e la donna gentile : un connubio ciceroniano
  • L'imprescindibile paradigma ciceroniano
  • L'infrazione della legge di natura e la poetica del "trasumanar"
  • Dante con libro aperto : iconografia e politica.
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452 pages ; 24 cm.
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xii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199562602 20160912
At the heart of this volume are three trials held in Athens in the fourth century BCE. The defendants were all women and in each case the charges involved a combination of ritual activities. Two were condemned to death. Because of the brevity of the ancient sources, and their lack of agreement, the precise charges are unclear, and the reasons for taking these women to court remain mysterious. Envy, Poison, and Death takes the complexity and confusion of the evidence not as a riddle to be solved, but as revealing multiple social dynamics. It explores the changing factors - material, ideological, and psychological - that may have provoked these events. It focuses in particular on the dual role of envy (phthonos) and gossip as processes by which communities identified people and activities that were dangerous, and examines how and why those local, even individual, dynamics may have come to shape official civic decisions during a time of perceived hardship. At first sight so puzzling, these trials reveal a vivid picture of the socio-political environment of Athens during the early-mid fourth century BCE, including responses to changes in women's status and behaviour, and attitudes to ritual activities within the city. The volume reveals some of the characters, events, and even emotions that would help to shape an emergent concept of magic: it suggests that the boundary of acceptable behaviour was shifting, not only within the legal arena but also through the active involvement of society beyond the courts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199562602 20160912
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xlviii, 311 pages ; 24 cm.
Gratian's Decretum is one of the major works in European history, a text that in many ways launched the field of canon law. In this new volume, Atria Larson presents to students and scholars alike a critical edition of De penitentia (Decretum C.33 q.3), the foundational text on penance, both for canon law and for theology, of the twelfth century. This edition takes into account recent manuscript discoveries and research into the various recensions of Gratian's text and proposes a model for how a future critical edition of the entire Decretum could be formatted by offering a facing-page English translation. This translation is the first of this section of Gratian's De penitentia into any modern language and makes the text accessible to a wider audience. Both the Latin and the English text are presented in a way to make clear the development of Gratian's text in various stages within two main recensions. The edition and translation are preceded by an introduction relating the latest scholarship on Gratian and his text and are followed by three appendices, including one that provides a transcription of the relevant text from the debated manuscript Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 673, and one that lists possible formal sources and related contemporary texts. This book provides a full edition and translation of the text studied in depth in Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Thought and Law in the Twelfth Century (CUA Press, 2014) by the same author.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813228679 20170621
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xv, 272 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Solon's law on the Tamiai
  • The Solonian calendar and Solon's other laws
  • The politics of being a sacred treasurer in archaic Athens
  • The Tamiai of Athena and their duties
  • Athena's property and Hiera wealth
  • Hosia property and the public treasury
  • Sacred property in the democracy
  • Conclusions.
Students of ancient Athenian politics, governance, and religion have long stumbled over the rich evidence of inscriptions and literary texts that document the Athenians' stewardship of the wealth of the gods. Likewise, Athens was well known for devoting public energy and funds to all matters of ritual, ranging from the building of temples to major religious sacrifices. Yet, lacking any adequate account of how the Athenians organized that commitment, much less how it arose and developed, ancient historians and philologists alike have labored with only a paltry understanding of what was a central concern to the Athenians themselves. That deficit of knowledge, in turn, has constrained and diminished our grasp of other essential questions surrounding Athenian society and its history, such as the nature of political life in archaic Athens, and the forces underlying Athens' imperial finances. Hallowed Stewards closely examines those magistracies that were central to Athenian religious efforts, and which are best described as "sacred treasurers." Given the extensive but nevertheless fragmentary evidence now available to us, no catalog-like approach to these offices could properly encompass their details much less their wider historical significance. Inscriptions and oratory provide the bulk of the evidence for this project, along with the so-called Constitution of Athens attributed to Aristotle. Hallowed Stewards not only provides a wealth of detail concerning these hitherto badly understood offices, but also the larger diachronic framework within which they operated.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780472119424 20170515
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