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The Medieval Idea of Law as Represented by Lucas de Penna (Routledge Revivals)

By Walter Ullmann

© 2010 – Routledge

224 pages

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Upon its original publication in 1946, this work represented a new approach to medieval studies, offering indispensable analysis to the historian of legal, political and social ideas. Research into the original sources leads the author through unexplored realms of medieval thought. By contrasting contemporary opinions with those of his central figure, Lucas de Penna, he comprehensively presents the medieval idea of law – then regarded as the concrete manifestation of abstract justice. The intensity of medieval academic life is revealed in the heated controversies, whilst medieval criminology foreshadows modern developments. A significant discovery is the astonishingly great reliance which Continental scholars placed upon English thought. A challenge to certain current misconceptions, this book shows the resourcefulness of medieval thinking and the extent to which modern ideas were foreshadowed in the fourteenth century, a time when the ideas of law and liberty were identical.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory 2. Lucas and his Work 3. The Foundations and Nature of Law 4. Customary Law 5.The Application of Law 6. The Administration of Law 7. The Idea of Crime 8. Social and Political Conceptions.

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Walter Ullmann on Medieval Political Theory

Celebrated Austrian-Jewish scholar Walter Ullmann (1910-1983) was a leading authority in the field of medieval political thought, and in particular legal theory. He settled in the United Kingdom after leaving Austria in the late 1930s and went on to hold positions at the University of Leeds and Trinity College, Cambridge as Professor of Medieval History.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory