Medieval law in context

The growth of legal consciousness from Magna Carta to the Peasants' Revolt

By Anthony Musson

Medieval law in context
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  • ISBN: 9780719054945
  • Publish Date: May 2001
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Examines how medieval people at all social levels thought about law, justice and politics, as well as their role in society. Provides a clear, structured view of judicial developments and experience of litigation in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Offers a new perspective on both law and politics by focusing on the medium of legal consciousness and legal culture.. Makes the specialised area of law accessible for the general reader interested in the medieval period.


    List of abbreviations
    Part One: Introduction: towards a psychology of law
    1. The role of ideology
    2. The contexts of law
    3. Law in the mind
    Part Two: The professionalism of law
    4. The intellectualising of the law
    5. Towards an identity as a profession
    6. Practitoners and ethical considerations
    7. Judges and lawyers in society
    8. Centre and periphery
    9. Perceptions of the legal profession
    Part Three: Pragmatic legal knowledge
    10. Family and household
    11. Communal obligations
    12. Court attendance
    13. Church attendance
    14. Experience of office-holding
    15. Book learning and literacy
    Part Four: Participation in the royal courts
    16. Availability
    17. Actionability
    18. Accountability
    19. Accessibility
    Part five: The role of Parliament
    20. The high court of Parliament
    21. The legal personnel of Parliament
    22. The regulation of everyday life
    Part Six: Conclusion: the politicisation of law
    23. Seeing and hearing the law: the king's role in justice
    24. Seeing and hearing the law: royal propaganda
    25. Legitimacy through the law
    26. The world turned upside down
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    Anthony Musson is a Barrister of the Middle Temple and Lecturer in English Law at the University of Exeter

    Medieval law in context

    By Anthony Musson

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