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Medieval Canon Law

1st Edition

By James A Brundage


272 pages

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It is impossible to understand how the medieval church functioned -- and in turn influenced and controlled the lay world within its care -- without understanding the development, character and impact of `canon law', its own distinctive law code. However important, this can seem a daunting subject to non-specialists. They have long needed an attractive but authoritative introduction, avoiding arid technicalities and setting the subject in its widest context. James Brundage's marvellously fluent and accessible book is the perfect answer: it will be warmly welcomed by medievalists and students of ecclesiastical and legal history.


"a model of clarity, written in a thoroughly readable style"

The Ricardian

"There has long been need for a good introduction to the history of the medieval canon law in English. James A Brundage has written that introduction and…has done so with clarity and style"

Legal History

Table of Contents


1. Law in the Early Christian Church.

2. Canon Law in the Early Middle Ages.

3. Gratian and the Schools of Law in the Classical Period (1140-1375).

4. Canon Law and Private Life.

5. Canon Law and Public Life.

6. Canonical Courts and Procedure.

7. Canonical Jurisprudence.

8. Canon Law and Western Societies.

Select Bibliography.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
RELIGION / Christian Church / History