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Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State By Alan Harding (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History and Honorary Fellow of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh)

Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State
by Alan Harding (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History and Honorary Fellow of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh)

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The State is the most powerful of political ideas but where does it come from? This broad-ranging new study traces the history of the word and the concept back to the systems of law and justice created by medieval kings and shows how legal institutions acquired political force.
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Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State by Alan Harding (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History and Honorary Fellow of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh)

The state is the most powerful and contested of political ideas, loved for its promise of order but hated for its threat of coercion. In this broad-ranging new study, Alan Harding challenges the orthodoxy that there was no state in the Middle Ages, arguing instead that it was precisely then that the concept acquired its force. He explores how the word 'state' was used by medieval rulers and their ministers and connects the growth of the idea of the state with the development of systems for the administration of justice and the enforcement of peace. He shows how these systems provided new models for government from the centre, successfully in France and England but less so in Germany. The courts and legislation of French and English kings are described establishing public order, defining rights to property and liberty, and structuring commonwealths by 'estates'. In the final chapters the author reveals how the concept of the state was taken up by political commentators in the wars of the later Middle Ages and the Reformation Period, and how the law-based 'state of the king and the kingdom' was transformed into the politically dynamic 'modern state'.

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Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State Reviews


Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State is a substantial and scholarly study of medieval law, political theory, and political practice, which engages with a vast body of source material in very close argument in tracing the 'pre-theoretical understanding' (p.v) of the medieval state. * Medium Aevum *

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: State - Word and Concept ; 2. Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Justice ; 3. The Courts of Lords and Townsmen ; 4. The Spread of Organized Peace ; 5. The Judicial Systems of France and England ; 6. New High Courts and Reform of the Regime ; 7. The Legal Ordering of 'the State of the Realm' ; 8. The Monarchical State of the Later Middle Ages ; 9. From Law to Politics ; 10. Conclusion: Law and the State in History ; Bibliography

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Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State by Alan Harding (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History and Honorary Fellow of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh)
Alan Harding (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History and Honorary Fellow of History at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh)
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Hardback
Oxford University Press
2002-02-01
350
019821958X
9780198219583
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.