John W Cairns and Paul J du Plessis

in The Creation of the Ius Commune

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638970
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651481 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a review of studies on the history of European law and the well-known narrative about the development of a pan-European ius commune or universal common law, ca 1100–1400. It then sets out the main purposes of the book, which are to flesh out the grand narrative with detailed studies covering the learned laws — civil, canon and feudal; and to provide greater access to the sources and conventions of this field of study. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: ius commune; narrative; universal common law; legal history; European law

Chapter.  1916 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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