“Great Christian Jurists in French History” (Descamps & Domingo eds.)

Here is another in an extremely worthwhile series introducing readers to major French.jpgChristian jurists in various national histories. An earlier volume contained essays on Spanish Christian jurists. This one covers French Christian jurists. The book contains entries for more famous names like John Calvin and Jacques Maritain as well as less well known (at least to me!) but very interesting jurists including Ivo de Chartres and Stephen of Tournai. The book is Great Christian Jurists in French History (CUP), edited by Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo.

French legal culture, from the Middle Ages to the present day, has had an impressive influence on legal norms and institutions that have emerged in Europe and the Americas, as well as in Asian and African countries. This volume examines the lives of twenty-seven key legal thinkers in French history, with a focus on how their Christian faith and ideals were a factor in framing the evolution of French jurisprudence. Professors Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo bring together this diverse group of distinguished legal scholars and historians to provide a unique comparative study of law and religion that will be of value to scholars, lawyers, and students. The collaboration among French and non-French scholars, and the diversity of international and methodological perspectives, gives this volume its own unique character and value to add to this fascinating series.

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