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Roman, canon and common law in twelfth-century England: the council of Northampton (1164) re-examined

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379 - 408
Number of pages30
Issue number221
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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Against the background of the long-running debate about the extent to which the creation of English common law was influenced by principles of jurisprudence and forms of action derived from the Roman law of Justinian and the ecclesiastical canon law which was developing in the wake of Gratian's Decreta/Decretum, this article examines William FitzStephen's eyewitness account of the staged trial of Thomas Becket at Northampton in 1164 to throw new light on the juridical context within which that law was born.

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