The ius commune in England

The ius commune in England : Four Studies

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Ius commune is the amalgamation of Roman and canon laws on the continent. Helmholz addresses the ius commune's relation to and influence on English law. He begins by observing that there were many overlapping areas between English institutions. Through four studies (the law of sanctuary, the law of compurgation, mortuaries and the law of custom, and civil jurisdiction and the clergy), he draws out the coincidences between English law and the ius commune and shows where they developed parallel bodies of doctrine. Helmholz aims to fill in some of the gaps in scholarship on the common legal past of Western law, the history of the Roman and canon laws, the history of the ecclesiastical courts, parallels between the ius commune and English common law, and English church history.show more

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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 26mm | 598.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195141903
  • 9780195141900

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Richard Helmholz in this important book ... has made a notable contribution to comparative legal history; he also sheds much light on the general history of the church in England ... This remarkable book combines broad learning, extensive research, sound judgement and an attractive prose style to produce a work or rare originality, which deserves an audience beyond legal historians. * English Historical Review * Helmholz is a meticulous scholar. He grounds his arguments carefully upon a solid body of evidence drawn from an extraordinarily impressive variety of sources ... His conclusions are subtle and nuanced. He is careful not to exaggerate or overstate his case. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History *show more

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