HIST 327 Law in the Middle Ages

Last offered Spring 2013

Medieval laws form the foundation for much of our modern legal system. They also constitute crucial but problematic sources for our understanding of medieval society. This course will cover law from the sixth through the fourteenth centuries, with special emphasis on the law of the Roman empire and the law of the Christian church. Through smaller units on Law in Antiquity, Law in the Early Middle Ages, The High Medieval Legal Tradition, and Marriage in Canon Law, we will gain some exposure to the depth and complexity of the medieval legal tradition. We will spend most of our time with the legal sources themselves, concentrating specifically on legislation dealing with marriage, the settlement of disputes, and crime of all kinds. Along the way, we will also study the early history of lawyers and the legal profession. No prior experience with the Middle Ages is expected.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on three short papers on specific problems presented by our sources, and a final, longer essay
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,HIST Group G Electives - Premodern,JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15-20
Class Number: 3518
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HIST 327 LEC Law in the Middle Ages Division 2: Social Studies Eric C. Knibbs
HIST 327 LEC Law in the Middle Ages Division 2: Social Studies Eric C. Knibbs
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