The dictum with law shall our land be built enunciated in the thirteenth century islandic njals saga and echoed throughout medieval scandinavian legal compilations is the underlying theme of this study of the role of law in the formation of the medieval state the state in this context is taken in two senses ruler or regime and realm or commonwealth. Medieval law and the foundations of the state harding alan on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers medieval law and the foundations of the state. The state is the most powerful and contested of political ideas both loved for its promise of order and hated for its threat of coercion this book shows how the idea first emerged from medieval systems for the administration of justice and enforcement of peace these provided new models of government from the centre successfully in france and england less so in germany. The state is the most powerful of political ideas but where does it come from this broad ranging new study traces the history of the word and the concept back to the systems of law and justice created by medieval kings and shows how legal institutions acquired political force. Get this from a library medieval law and the foundations of the state alan harding in this broad ranging new study alan harding challenges the orthodoxy that there was no state in the middle ages arguing instead that it was precisely then that the concept acquired its force
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