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15 Visions of Order in the Canonists and Civilians

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This chapter focuses on Europe in space and the period from about 1400 to 1600 in time. It is devoted to a certain type of ideas held by a certain kind of people. That raises an obvious question: What is the reason for putting people and ideas together in this way? It is assuredly not that all canonists and civilians had the same vision of order. The plural in the title of the chapter is quite intentional: canonists and civilians had many different visions of order, and sometimes they proved to be difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile. Canon law and civil law were two separate bodies of texts. One was rooted in the church, the other in the Roman Empire. Some people believe that the trouble with legitimacy is unique to modern Western societies governed by complex bodies of written law under conditions of capitalist production.

Keywords: canonists; civilians; Europe; Roman Empire

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