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World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence

Legal Literacy in Premodern European Societies

Editors: Korpiola, Mia (Ed.)

  • Analyses the whole spectrum of legal literacy across Europe from Medieval times to the nineteenth century 
  • Use sources rarely used in legal history research, such as autobiographical texts, newspapers, and estate inventories
  • Takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the subject
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​This book analyses the legal literacy, knowledge and skills of people in premodern and modernizing Europe. It examines how laymen belonging both to the common people and the elite acquired legal knowledge and skills, how they used these in advocacy and legal writing and how legal literacy became an avenue for social mobility. Taking a comparative approach, contributors consider the historical contexts of England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden.
This book is divided into two main parts. The first part discusses various groups of legal literates (scriveners, court of appeal judges and advocates) and their different paths to legal literacy from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The second part analyses the rise of the ownership and production of legal literature – especially legal books meant for laymen – as means for acquiring a degree of legal literacy from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century.

About the authors

Mia Korpiola is Professor of Legal History at the University of Turku, Finland. She has (co-)edited several books, including Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600 (2011), The Svea Court of Appeal in the Early Modern Period (2014) and Planning for Death: Wills and Death-Related Property Arrangements in Europe, 1200-1600 (2018).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Korpiola, Mia

    Pages 1-16

  • Legal Education in Late Medieval England: How Did Provincial Scriveners Learn Their Law?

    Bevan, Kitrina

    Pages 19-41

  • The Imperial Chamber Court (1495–1806) as an Educational and Training Institution

    Baumann, Anette

    Pages 43-58

  • Legal Learning of Various Kinds: Swedish Court of Appeal Judges in the Seventeenth Century

    Vasara-Aaltonen, Marianne

    Pages 59-87

  • The Agency and Practical Learning of a Lay Advocate in Seventeenth-Century Helsinki: The Case of Gabriel Abrahamsson

    Impola, Petteri

    Pages 89-118

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96863-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96862-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legal Literacy in Premodern European Societies
Editors
  • Mia Korpiola
Series Title
World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96863-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96863-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96862-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 264
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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