Toronto Studies in Medieval Law


Medieval Europe was a maze of overlapping and competing legal jurisdictions, where norms varied widely from region to region. Nevertheless, from the twelfth century onwards, lawyers also spoke of a ius commune or 'common law' that transcended the laws peculiar to individual jurisdictions. This common law consisted of the great compilations of canon and Roman law and was the subject of instruction in the law faculties of all European universities until the seventeenth century. Because of the dominance of the English common law tradition in the former British Empire, the ius commune traditionally received little attention from Anglo-American scholars. The post-war period, however, has witnessed an unprecedented influx of Anglophone scholars into the field, often with a view to exploiting juridical sources for insight into a wide range of historical phenomena. The objective of the Toronto Studies in Medieval Law series is to provide a venue for publication of English-language studies on the ius commune and the most recent scholarship in the field.

Series Editor: Lawrin Armstrong, University of Toronto

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The Politics of Law in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
The Politics of Law in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Edited by Lawrin Armstrong and Julius Kirshner
Foreword by Lauro Martines
Essays by leading historians examine the professional, social, and political functions of Italian jurists from the thirteenth to the late fifteenth centuries.
Published Dec 2016
The Idea of a Moral Economy: Gerard of Siena on Usury, Restitution, and Prescription
The Idea of a Moral Economy: Gerard of Siena on Usury, Restitution, and Prescription
By Lawrin Armstrong

The Idea of a Moral Economy is the first modern edition and English translation of three questions disputed at the University of Paris in 1330 by the theologian Gerard of Siena.

Published Apr 2016
Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
By Julius Kirshner

In Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Kirshner collects nine important essays which address the socio-legal history of women in Florence and the cities of northern and central Italy.

Published Feb 2015