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14 Hermann Conring and the European History of Law

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The subject of this chapter is the place of Hermann Conring in the history of European law. In order to make sense of this subject, three different matters need to be considered: one is the history of the law that governed Europe during the Middle Ages and the so-called early modern period; the second is the development of legal history; and third, of course, is Hermann Conring himself. Law is often defined in relatively narrow terms as the sort of thing aspiring lawyers learn in schools of law. On that understanding law is distinct from custom, manners, ceremonial rules, social conventions, habits of spiritual worship, and so on. The term 'history of law' refers to the changes that happened to law over the course of time, and 'legal history' refers to the study of those changes.

Keywords: Europe; Hermann Conring; legal history; Middle Ages



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