Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue (Editorial Preface)
“Editorial Preface,” in John Witte, Jr., Sara McDougall, and Anna di Robilant, eds., Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue (Berkeley, CA: The Robbins Collection, 2016), xv-xix
4 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2017 Last revised: 29 Jul 2019
Date Written: 2016
Legal historian Charles Donahue mastered the method of reading historical legal texts in full interdisciplinary context. He applied his method most fully to medieval church courts, especially dealing with marriage and family questions, but also to other legal texts of Roman law and civilian jurisprudence, and Anglo-American common law. This preface offers an appreciative precis of his work.
Original Paper can be found at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2897666
Keywords: Charles Donahue; legal history; canon law; church courts; family law
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