A History of European Law (Making of Europe) 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 legislations rooted within the Church and native neighborhood in the direction of a attractiveness of the centralised, secular authority of the country. indicates how those alterations mirror the broader political, financial, and cultural advancements inside of ecu historyDemonstrates the variety of traditions among ecu states and the probabilities and barriers within the look for universal ecu values and objectives

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The German-speaking lands continue with government by customary law for the whole of the century in question, but the monarchies of France, Spain and Portugal are beginning to move down a path that will lead in the end to their development into recognizable nation-states. Not long after the thirteenth century, France will become the true testing ground for the politico-legal framework of modernity. The French monarchy, still heavily conditioned in its actions by the legacy of feudalism, began to create for itself in the 1200s a more defined and broader political space in which to operate.

Late medieval jurists thus studied the facts of their contemporary reality closely and with pleasure, because it was in facts that they might detect the primary quality of their work: effectiveness. However, they lacked their own structures of validity – that is a higher, general and authoritative model into which to incorporate the multitude of pragmatic conceptual and technical solutions for which they had had to reach for the sake of their work’s effectiveness. This model was provided by Roman law.

Let us not forget that the Justinian legal code dates back to the sixth century AD and, despite its great scholarly worth, was rooted in a very different society and historical environment from that of the late Middle Ages. And so the jurists of late medieval Europe were able in good faith to swear fealty to two lieges: the venerable Justinian Code and the demands of contemporary society. This opened up the possibility, of course, that the demands of daily life in the Middle Ages found no answer in these sacred medieval roots 29 texts or that the answer they did find was unsuitable.

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