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Medieval Canon Law (The Medieval World) [Hardcover]

J.A. Brundage
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20 Feb 1995 0582093570 978-0582093577 1
This text outlines the development of the canon law of the Western church from its beginnings to the end of the Middle Ages. The rules of canon law affected the lives and actions of practically everyone, its enforcement mechanisms reaching into everyday affairs at all social levels.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (20 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582093570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582093577
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"a model of clarity, written in a thoroughly readable style"

The Ricardian

"There has long been need for a good introduction to the history of the medieval canon law in English. James A Brundage has written that introduction and...has done so with clarity and style"

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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful survey of a tricky subject 5 Feb 2013
By Sixtus
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Generally this is an excellent survey of a complex subject - the only book that has
attempted the task. Perhaps understandably, there are a few oversimplifications
(where readers might have been advised in a footnote to consult other works for
enlightenment), and it might have been useful to discuss at greater length the debate
about papal authority to give dispensations from the canons. The impression the
reader gains is thus that there was a greater consensus about these matters among
canonists than actually seems to have been the case. Nevertheless, Professor
Brundage gives a clear picture of mainstream thought on these matters and his work
deserves respect and commendation.
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