A History of European Law (Making of Europe) by Paolo Grossi

By Paolo Grossi

This ebook explores the advance of legislation in Europe from its medieval origins to the current day, charting the transformation from legislation rooted within the Church and native neighborhood in the direction of a popularity of the centralised, secular authority of the nation. exhibits how those adjustments replicate the broader political, fiscal, and cultural advancements inside eu historyDemonstrates the range of traditions among eu states and the probabilities and barriers within the look for universal ecu values and objectives

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Roman law became ‘vulgarized’, as Romanists call it, absorbing the simple, factual, effective traits of its social context and letting the high pinnacles of refined legal erudition fall into disrepair. To give an example: the most precious resource of Roman law, the fifty volumes of Justinian’s Pandecta, which held the treasures of classical legal scholarship, were unknown throughout the early Middle Ages. They were incomprehensible because they were of no use: farmers and shepherds have no need of feathered hats and sequins.

First is that of divine law (ius divinum): perpetual and universal law which stems directly from God and is composed of a few essential rules (do not kill, for example). Divine law is immutable because it is vital to every human soul on the path towards salvation. Below divine law comes human law (ius humanum), which originates from the Church, from jurists and from custom. This level of law makes up the great mass of canon law and is merely useful for salvation, rather than essential. Since it is only useful, human law must accommodate itself to human frailties, taking into account such variables as differences of place and time, and the circumstances and motivations of actions.

One Italian example would be the penal code and family law contained in the extensive Edictum Langobardorum promulgated by the Rotharian kings in 643. The Frankish kings and emperors, meanwhile, produced the Capitularia: a series of legislative acts put forward during the long reign of Charlemagne in the late eighth and early ninth centuries. The Capitularia are mainly concerned with the rules governing public administration and the relationship between temporal and ecclesiastical power. Legal Solutions for Daily Life in an Agrarian Society The very general discussions entered into thus far might run the risk of seeming generic to the uninitiated reader.

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