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A History of European Law

Paolo Grossi, Laurence Hooper (Translator)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15294-5 March 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


This book explores the development of law in Europe from its medieval origins to the present day, charting the transformation from law rooted in the Church and local community towards a recognition of the centralised, secular authority of the state.
  • Shows how these changes reflect the wider political, economic, and cultural developments within European history
  • Demonstrates the diversity of traditions between European states and the possibilities and limitations in the search for common European values and goals

Preface viii

Preliminaries x

1 Medieval Roots 1

I. A Legal Society Under Construction: The Workshop of Legal Practice 1

II. Medieval Maturity: The Laboratory of Learning 19

2 The Foundations of the Modern Legal System 39

3 Journeys in Contemporary Law 138

Further Reading 163

Notes 169

Bibliography 178

Index 190

"With that said, it remains a remarkable work written by a master of his craft. It conveys complex ideas effortlessly and picks out interesting themes throughout." (The Edinburgh Law Review, 1 September 2011)