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Parution : 05/2019
Editeur : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 978-1-1084-9906-4
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The Profession of Ecclesiastical Lawyers

An Historical Introduction

Richard H. Helmholz

Présentation de l'éditeur

Historians of the English legal profession have written comparatively little about the lawyers who served in the courts of the Church. This volume fills a gap; it investigates the law by which they were governed and discusses their careers in legal practice. Using sources drawn from the Roman and canon laws and also from manuscripts found in local archives, R. H. Helmholz brings together previously published work and new evidence about the professional careers of these men. His book covers the careers of many lesser known ecclesiastical lawyers, dealing with their education in law, their reaction to the coming of the Reformation, and their relationship with English common lawyers on the eve of the Civil War. Making connections with the European ius commune, this volume will be of special interest to English and Continental legal historians, as well as to students of the relationship between law and religion.

  • Provides detailed accounts of the careers and learning of individual lawyers

  • Presents a different (and more optimistic) account of the collective work of the English civilians

  • Discusses connections with Roman and canon law

Law and Christianity , 248 pages.  £ 85.00

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