HIST 327
Law in the Middle Ages Spring 2013
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3518
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on three short papers on specific problems presented by our sources, and a final, longer essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History

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