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The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe - Wendy Davies

The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe

By: Wendy Davies (Editor), Paul Fouracre (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd June 1992
ISBN: 9780521428958
Number Of Pages: 320

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This is a collection of original essays on the settlement of disputes in the early middle ages, a subject of central importance for social and political history. Case material, from the evidence of charters, is used to reveal the realities of the settlement process in the behaviour and interactions of people - instead of the prescriptive and idealised models of law-codes and edicts. The book is not therefore a technical study of charters evidence. The geographical range across Europe is unusually wide, which allows comparison across differing societies. Frankish material is inevitably prominent, but the contributors have sought to integrate Celtic, Greek, Italian and Spanish material into the mainstream of the subject. Above all, the book aims to 'demystify' the study of early medieval law, and to present a radical reappraisal of established assumptions about law and society.

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List of figures
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Disputes in late fifth- and sixth-century Gaul: some problems
'Placita' and the settlement of disputes in later Merovingian Francia
Dispute settlement in Carolingian West Francia
People and places in dispute in ninth-century Brittany
Visigothic law and regional custom in disputes in early medieval Spain
Land disputes and their social framework in Lombard-Carolingian Italy, 700-900
Dispute settlement in the Byzantine provinces in the tenth century
Charters, law and the settlement of disputes in Anglo-Saxon England
Dispute settlement in medieval Ireland: a preliminary inquiry
An early modern postscript: the Sandlaw dispute, 1546
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary edited
Index
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ISBN: 9780521428958
ISBN-10: 0521428955
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 22nd June 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.24  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.49

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