A History of European Law by Paolo Grossi

By Paolo Grossi

This booklet explores the advance of legislations 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 acceptance of the centralised, secular authority of the country.

  • Shows how those alterations mirror the broader political, fiscal, and cultural advancements inside of ecu history
  • Demonstrates the variety of traditions among eu states and the probabilities and barriers within the look for universal eu values and goals

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Thus began the great and, before long, widespread trend of founding universities. We shall deal here only with the very profound realignments which occurred in the fields of theology and of philosophy, since it is from these disciplines that the study of law derived the intellectual nourishment which allowed it to start flourishing in such fertile soil. Political Power and the Law: The Marginality of Late Medieval Legislators One can identify a number of innovations, occurring around the end of the eleventh century and the beginning of the twelfth, that affected the underlying structures of Western culture and the collective consciousness.

This is why St Thomas himself, in his definition of lex (‘law’), identifies it as a product of reason and thought: the law is not used to project a despotic will upon a community of subjects, but rather to keep that community in order (it is a ‘reasoned structure directed towards the common good’). The collective consciousness still does not think of the prince as a legislator – that is as a maker of laws. His duty of reading the text of nature will not produce universal and authoritative principles but will rather set the specific parameters of true justice.

We shall deal here only with the very profound realignments which occurred in the fields of theology and of philosophy, since it is from these disciplines that the study of law derived the intellectual nourishment which allowed it to start flourishing in such fertile soil. Political Power and the Law: The Marginality of Late Medieval Legislators One can identify a number of innovations, occurring around the end of the eleventh century and the beginning of the twelfth, that affected the underlying structures of Western culture and the collective consciousness.

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