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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Canon Law

Subjects: History - British, Law

Canon lawyers

Canon law and church courts

For many centuries, the rules of church law had great impact on the lives of the "ordinary" person  - for example as they tried to live in harmony with their neighbours, decided to get married (or wanted to get out of an unhappy marriage), and when they needed to provide for their families after their own death.

There is a chapter on the Ecclesiastical Courts in Baker's Introduction to English Legal History (4th ed., 2002) Legal Hist B167a4
(See also the chapter on Marriage and its consquences in the same work)

 The LawBod holds the recent (2004) volume from the Oxford History of English Law series which deals with ecclesiastical law up to 1640, and pertinent Selden Society publications (Holders of an Oxford Single Sign On can access both online see links below.)

Please note: the Law Bod holds very little printed material in canon law on its open shelves. Some may be available in other Bodleian Reading Rooms - but a considerable proportion will be in Closed Stacks. (Further help with Requesting an item from Closed Stack.)

Western European tradition

Finding printed resources

Canonists -- Europe -- History -- To 1500 ;
Canon law -- History -- To 1500 ;
Practice of law -- Europe -- History
Law -- Study and teaching -- Europe -- History

It may be sensible to remove the "To 1500" limitation.

Please note: the Law Bod holds very little printed material in canon law on its open shelves. Some may be available in other Bodleian Reading Rooms - but a considerable proportion will be in Closed Stacks. (Further help with Requesting an item from Closed Stack.)

Related Bodleian Guide