Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe

In the popular imagination, the Middle Ages are often associated with lawlessness. However, historians have long recognized that medieval culture was characterized by an enormous respect for law and legal procedure. This book makes the case that one cannot understand the era's cultural trends without considering the profound development of law.

Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe

Edited by Ruth Mazo Karras, Joel Kaye, and E. Ann Matter

2008 | 336 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $24.95
History | Law
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Reordering of Law and the Illicit in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Europe
—Edward M. Peters

PART I: LEGAL SYSTEMS
Chapter 1: A Fresh Look at Medieval Sanctuary
—William Chester Jordan
Chapter 2: Heresy as Politics and the Politics of Heresy, 1022-1180
—R. I. Moore
Chapter 3: Legal Ethics: A Medieval Ghost Story
—James Brundage
Chapter 4: The Ties That Bind: Legal Status and Imperial Power
—James Muldoon

PART II: WRITING THE LAW
Chapter 5: Licit and Illicit in the Yarnall Collection at the University of Pennsylvania: Pages from the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX
—Robert Somerville
Chapter 6: Judicial Violence and Torture in the Carolingian Empire
—Patrick Geary
Chapter 7: The Ambiguity of Treason in Anglo-Norman-French Law, c. 1150-c. 1250
—Stephen D. White
Chapter 8: Illicit Religion: The Case of Friar Matthew Grabow, O.P.
—John Van Engen
Chapter 9: Marriage, Concubinage, and the Law
—Ruth Mazo Karras

PART III: CASES AND TRIALS
Chapter 10: Crusaders' Rights Revisited: The Use and Abuse of Crusader Privileges in Early Thirteenth-Century France
—Jessalynn Bird
Chapter 11: Learned Opinion and Royal Justice: The Role of Paris Masters of Theology During the Reign of Philip the Fair
—William J. Courtenay
Chapter 12: Coin and Punishment in Medieval Venice
—Alan M. Stahl

PART IV: LAW BEYOND THE LAW
Chapter 13: Licit and Illicit in the Rhetoric of the Investiture Conflict
—Alex Novikoff
Chapter 14: Satisfying the Laws: The Legenda of Maria of Venice
—Susan Mosher Stuard
Chapter 15: Canon Law and Chaucer on Licit and Illicit Magic
—Henry Ansgar Kelly
Chapter 16: Law and Science: Constructing a Border Between Licit and Illicit Knowledge in the Writings of Nicole Oresme
—Joel Kaye

List of Abbreviations
Notes
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments