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Parution : 07/2018
Editeur : Brill
ISBN : 978-9-0043-4267-5
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Law and Language in the Middle Ages

Sous la direction de Matthew W. McHaffie, Jenny Benham, Helle Vogt

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Law and Language in the Middle Ages investigates the encounter between law and legal practice from the linguistic perspective. The essays explore how legal language expresses and advances power relations, along with the ways in which the language of law legitimates power. The wide geographical and chronological scope showcases how power, legitimacy and language interact, moving the discussion beyond traditional issues of identity or the formation of nation-states and their institutions. What emerges are different strategies reflective of the diverse and pluralistic political, legal, and cultural worlds of the Middle Ages. 

Contributors are Michael H. Gelting, Dirk Heirbaut, Carole Hough, Anette Kremer, Ada Maria Kuskowski, Anders Leegaard Knudsen, André Marques, Matthew McHaffie, Bruce O’Brien, Paul Russell, Werner Schäfke, and Vincenz Schwab.




By: Jenny Benham , Matthew McHaffie and Helle Vogt 

Translation and Interpretation of Law

Why Laws were Translated in Medieval England: Access, Authority, and Authenticity

By: Bruce O’Brien

Translating Justinian: Transmitting and Transforming Roman Law in the Middle Ages

By: Ada Maria Kuskowski

Leges Iutorum: The Medieval Latin Translation of the Law of Jutland

By: Michael H. Gelting

The Languages and Registers of Law in Medieval Ireland and Wales

By: Paul Russell


The Languages of Legal Practice and Documentary Culture

Latin and the Vernacular in Medieval Legal Documents: The Case of Denmark

By: Anders Leegaard Knudsen

Between the Language of Law and the Language of Justice: The Use of Formulas in Portuguese Dispute Texts (Tenth and Eleventh Centuries)

By: André Evangelista Marques

The Dangers of Using Latin Texts for the Study of Customary Law: The Example of Flemish Feudal Law during the High Middle Ages

By: Dirk Heirbaut

Sources of Legal Language: The Development of Warranty Clauses in Western France, ca.1030–ca.1240

By: Matthew McHaffie


Methodology, Interaction, and Language

Law and Language in the Leges Barbarorum: A Database Project on the Vernacular Vocabulary in Medieval Manuscripts

By: Anette Kremer and Vincenz Schwab

And Since We are No Lawyers, We Will Void the Lawsuit with Battle Axes’! Voiding a Lawsuit in Old Icelandic Procedural Law

By: Werner Schäfke

Biblical Analogues for Early Anglo-Saxon Law

By: Carole Hough

Medieval Law and Its Practice , Vol. 25 , 352 pages.  110,00 €