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Star Chamber and the civil law

Williams, Ian; (2024) Star Chamber and the civil law. In: Sampson, Joe and Tofaris, Stelios, (eds.) A historical introduction to law. Hart: Oxford, UK. (In press).

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Abstract

In the 1607 edition of his Britannia, William Camden explained that in the Star Chamber ‘causes here are debated and decided...after the course of the civill Law’.1 The relationship between the Star Chamber and the civil law has also been considered by Professor Ibbetson, discussing Edward Coke’s report De Libellis Famosis, 2 and other scholarship has highlighted links with civilian material and ideas in the important decision in Twyne’s Case. 3 This paper goes beyond particular decisions and reports, taking a broader view by examining the practice of the court, as well as discussions both in and about it. In doing so, the paper raises questions about how references to the civilian tradition should be understood in early-modern England, especially distinguishing between the European ius commune and the law of classical Rome.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Star Chamber and the civil law
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10169090
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