It is impossible to understand how the medieval church functioned -- and in turn influenced and controlled the lay world within its care -- without understanding the development, character and impact of `canon law', its own distinctive law code. However important, this can seem a daunting subject to non-specialists. They have long needed an attractive but authoritative introduction, avoiding arid technicalities and setting the subject in its widest context. James Brundage's marvellously fluent and accessible book is the perfect answer: it will be warmly welcomed by medievalists and students of ecclesiastical and legal history.

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chapter 1|13 pages

Law in the early Christian church

chapter 2|26 pages

Canon law in the early Middle Ages

chapter 4|28 pages

Canon law and private life

chapter 5|22 pages

Canon law and public life

chapter 6|34 pages

Canonical courts and procedure

chapter 7|21 pages

Canonical jurisprudence

chapter 8|15 pages

Canon law and Western societies