Law and Language in the Middle AgesMatthew McHaffie. Jenny Benham and Helle Vogt (eds.)
Leiden/London: Brill (Series: Medieval Law and Its Practice, 25), 2018, 352 pp.
Law and Language in the Middle Ages investigates the encounter between law and legal practice from the linguistic perspective. The essays explore how legal language expresses and advances power relations, along with the ways in which the language of law legitimates power. The wide geographical and chronological scope showcases how power, legitimacy and language interact, moving the discussion beyond traditional issues of identity or the formation of nation-states and their institutions. What emerges are different strategies reflective of the diverse and pluralistic political, legal, and cultural worlds of the Middle Ages.
Matthew McHaffie. Jenny Benham and Helle Vogt
Translation and Interpretation of Law
Why Laws were Translated in Medieval England: Access, Authority, and AuthenticityBruce O’Brien
Translating Justinian: Transmitting and Transforming Roman Law in the Middle AgesAda Maria Kuskowski
Leges Iutorum: The Medieval Latin Translation of the Law of JutlandMichael H. Gelting
The Languages and Registers of Law in Medieval Ireland and WalesPaul Russell
The Languages of Legal Practice and Documentary Culture
Latin and the Vernacular in Medieval Legal Documents: The Case of DenmarKAnders Leegaard Knudsen
Between the Language of Law and the Language of Justice: The Use of Formulas in Portuguese Dispute Texts (Tenth and Eleventh Centuries)André Evangelista Marques
The Dangers of Using Latin Texts for the Study of Customary Law: The Example of Flemish Feudal Law during the High Middle AgesDirk Heirbaut
Sources of Legal Language: The Development of Warranty Clauses in Western France, ca.1030–ca.1240Matthew McHaffie
Methodology, Interaction, and Language
Law and Language in the Leges Barbarorum: A Database Project on the Vernacular Vocabulary in Medieval ManuscriptsAnette Kremer and Vincenz Schwab
‘And Since We are No Lawyers, We Will Void the Lawsuit with Battle Axes’! Voiding a Lawsuit in Old Icelandic Procedural LawWerner Schäfke
Biblical Analogues for Early Anglo-Saxon LawCarole Hough
Jenny Benham is a Lecturer in Medieval History at Cardiff University. Her publications include Peacemaking in the Middle Ages: Principles and Practice (Manchester, 2011) and numerous articles on various aspects of law and diplomatic practice in the period 800-1250.
Matthew McHaffie completed his Ph.D. on ‘Power, Lordship, and Landholding in Anjou, c.1000–c.1150’ in 2014, and is currently a researcher at King’s College London. He has published on law and lordship in France in the central Middle Ages.
Helle Vogt is a Professor in Legal History at the University of Copenhagen. Her publications include The Function of Kinship in Medieval Nordic Legislation (Leiden, 2010) and numerous articles on aspects of Nordic legal history.