Chapter

The Legal Environment

Theodor Meron

in Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780198258117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.003.0002
The Legal Environment

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As illustrated in a number of writings by several reliable and significant publicists, a particular body of law was already established by the time Henry's army was able to occupy France. This body of law was practiced especially in instances of military offences by princes, courts, and powerful military officers and was comprised of not only chivalry rules but also rules from both canon law and civil law, and war ordinances proclaimed by rulers of England and other possible countries that account for the conduct of all the parties and individuals involved in a particular time of war. One of the disincentives for not complying with such laws involved how one would be perceived as being morally unprincipled and the associated dishonour which could entail the reversal of the coat of arms.

Keywords: body of law; ordinances; rules of chivalry; canon law; civil law; coat of arms; dishonour

Chapter.  4160 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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