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Law, literature and social regulation in early medieval England

Title
Law, literature and social regulation in early medieval England / edited by Anya Adair and Andrew Rabin.
ISBN
1783277602
9781783277605
Publication
Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2023.
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
x, 297 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary
Valuable new insights into the multi-layered and multi-directional relationship of law, literature, and social regulation in pre-Conquest English society.0Pre-Conquest English law was among the most sophisticated in early medieval Europe. Composed largely in the vernacular, it played a crucial role in the evolution of early English identity and exercised a formative influence on the development of the Common Law. However, recent scholarship has also revealed the significant influence of these legal documents and ideas on other cultural domains, both modern and pre-modern. This collection explores the richness of pre-Conquest legal writing by looking beyond its traditional codified form. Drawing on methodologies ranging from traditional philology to legal and literary theory, and from a diverse selection of contributors offering a broad spectrum of disciplines, specialities and perspectives, the essays examine the intersection between traditional juridical texts - from law codes and charters to treatises and religious regulation - and a wide range of literary genres, including hagiography and heroic poetry. In doing so, they demonstrate that the boundary that has traditionally separated "law" from other modes of thought and writing is far more porous than hitherto realized. Overall, the volume yields valuable new insights into the multi-layered and multi-directional relationship of law, literature, and social regulation in pre-Conquest English society.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 23, 2023
Series
Anglo-Saxon studies ; 47.
Anglo-Saxon studies ; 47
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction: Law as Literature/Literature as Law / Andrew Rabin and Anya Adair
PART I
LAW AND LITERATURE: NORMATIVE ALLIANCES
1. The Alfredian Prose Psalms and a Legal English Identity / Jay Paul Gates
2. Cynescipe, Bishop Æthelwold, and the Spread of Legal Language / Arendse Lund
3. Traces and Supplements:Literary Prose in Sawyer 404 / Scott T. Smith
4. The Curious Incident of the Monster in the Night-Time / Anya Adair
5. Uncertain Judgment: The Ordeal in Hagiography and Law / Andrew Rabin
PART II
LITERATURE AND LAW: NORMATIVE RENEWALS
6. The Historical and Literary Context of the Legatine Capitulary of 786 in England and Abroad / Kristen Carella
7. Liturgy as Law: Coronation Ordines in Tenth-Century England / Nicole Marafioti
8. The Passive Ealdorman? Juxtaposing the Later Old English Law Codes and the "Dispute Narratives" / Mary Elizabeth Blanchard
9. Royal Reeves, Royal Authority, and the "Holy Society" in Wulfstan's Writings / Chelsea Shields-Más
10. Laying Down the Law? Bishop Headda's Visit to Saint Guthlac / Stefan Jurasinski
11. The Terms of Hypocrisy in Early English Law and Literature: Ælfric and Wulfstan / Sherif Abdelkarim.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
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