Medieval Law and the Foundations of the State by Alan Harding

By Alan Harding

"The kingdom" is the main robust of political rules yet the place does it come from? This broad-ranging new research strains the heritage of the be aware and the concept that again to the platforms of legislations and justice created by means of medieval kings and indicates how criminal associations received political strength.

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65 Fergus Millar, The Emperor in the Roman World (London, 1977), 61, 117–19; Keeping the peace 25 Gregory of Tours, writing at the end of the sixth century, gives a vivid picture of a bad count in the person of Leudast, a runaway slave who rose through service in the royal kitchens and the patronage of Queen Marcovefa. Arrogant and rapacious himself, it was appropriate, says Gregory, that he should be appointed by King Charibert as count over the sinful people of Tours, amongst whom he went about fully-armed because he trusted no one.

113 Capitularia, i. 7. 114 Ibid. i. 348–50. 116 And along with this proliferation of lawyers there appeared a new type of legal wrong (tortum, ‘tort’): the false complaint or pleading which was quite logically presumed of those who lost their cases. 118 Yet as scavini, échevins, or Schöffen, they continued to perform a role in Italy, France, and Germany long after the disappearance of the empire which they were devised to serve; and Charlemagne did manage to establish some lasting principles for the administration of justice by judges at all levels.

60 The example of the eight and a half hundreds taking their pleas to Thingoe in Suffolk, which were granted as a unit to the monastery of Bury St. 61 From Celtic Scotland there is evidence of legal assemblies predating the 54 Wallace-Hadrill, The Long-Haired Kings, 124, 142. Gregory of Tours, Libri Historiarum X, 366–8, 519–20 (VII. 47, X. 27). 56 For the range of meanings of thing in Anglo-Saxon, see Liebermann, Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen, ii. 222–3, 449–50. 57 Capitularia, ii. 172. 20. 58 Liebermann, Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen, i.

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