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From The Leges To Glanvill: Legal Expertise And Legal Reasoning

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This chapter aims to reveal changes in legal expertise, in particular in legal reasoning, in twelfth-century England. It is concerned with texts, but also with people. The expertise of the Leges was also that of men such as Æthelric, the old bishop of Chichester who appeared at Penenden Heath, or of Hervey de Glanvill. The expertise of the book known as Glanvill was also the expertise of the justiciar of its time, Hervey's son Ranulf de Glanvill. The chapter argues that Glanvill displays a significant capacity for sustained legal reasoning of a type that we have no grounds to believe existed with regard to secular law in England up to and including the time of Æthelric, of the Leges, or of Hervey de Glanvill.

Keywords: Glanvill ; Æthelric; Hervey de Glanvill; legal expertise; legal reasoning; Leges



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