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Reassessing Legal Humanism and its ClaimsPetere Fontes?$
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Paul J. du Plessis and John W. Cairns

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408851

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408851.001.0001

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Humanism and Law in Elizabethan England: The Annotations of Gabriel Harvey

Humanism and Law in Elizabethan England: The Annotations of Gabriel Harvey

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(p.282) 11 Humanism and Law in Elizabethan England: The Annotations of Gabriel Harvey
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Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claims
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David Ibbetson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408851.003.0012

There was no such thing as English Legal humanism, but there were humanists with an interest in law. One such person was Gabriel Harvey, whose practice of underling and annotating his books enables us to see his responses to legal texts. He owned books of the civil law, with an especial interest in legal dialectic, as well as works of English common law. His annotations and marginalia do not allow us to reconstruct any coherent theory of law, but do show that even highly technical subjects, like the English law of real property, did not fall outside the range of interests of a polymath who described himself as a humanist.

Keywords:   England, Cambridge, Gabriel Harvey, Marginalia, Legal dialectic

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