Nouvelle acquisition : Corruption, protection and justice in medieval Europe : a thousand-year history

LYON Jonathan R.
Corruption, protection and justice in medieval Europe : a thousand-year history
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2023, XIII-417 p.
ISBN 978-1-316-51374-3

EUR 1201

Résumé éditeur :

What was an “advocate” (Latin: advocatus; German: Vogt) in the Middle Ages? What responsibilities came with the position and how did they change over time? With this groundbreaking study, Jonathan R. Lyon challenges the standard narrative of amedievalEurope of feudalism and lordship being replaced by a “modern” Europe of government, bureaucracy and the state. By focusing on the position of advocate, he argues for continuity in corrupt practices of justice and protection between 750 and 1800. This book traces the development of the role of church advocate from the Carolingian period onward and explains why this position became associated with the violent abuse of power on churches’ estates. When other types of advocates became common in and around Germany after 1250, including territorial and urban advocates, they were not officeholders in developing bureaucracies. Instead, they used similar practices to church advocates to profit illicitly from their positions, which calls into question scholarly arguments about the decline of violent lordship and the rise of governmental accountability in European history. (4e de couv.)



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Corinne HÉLIN (2023, 1 novembre). Nouvelle acquisition : Corruption, protection and justice in medieval Europe : a thousand-year history. IRHiS-Bibliothèque. Consulté le 3 mars 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/lyk0

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