Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Law and Criminality in the Middle Ages: Academic Essays

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Law and Criminality in the Middle Ages: Academic Essays

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Kim, Onyoo Elizabeth. Law and Criminality in the Middle Ages: Academic Essays. [Hermit Kingdom Studies in History and Religion, 3.] (Highland Park, New Jersey:The Hermit Kingdom Press. 2006. Pp. xvi, 221.)

The author of this short book, an adjunct professor at Handong University Law School in Korea, has divided her work into five independent sections (1-V), dedicated respectively to the law on (I) "War and Its Justification" (pp. 1-48), (II) "Understanding Intent" in Gratian and St.Augustine (pp. 49-75), (III) "The case of Baptism" in canon law and theology (pp. 77-128), (IV) "The Order of the Templars and Their Criminalization in the 14th Century"(pp. 129-164), and (V) "The History of Penance" in canon law (pp. 165-221).The actual scope of the five treatments is much narrower than the titles suggest. section I compares passages on just war in Gratian's Decretum and the Summa aurea of Hostiensis; section II again starts from Decretum, C. 23, and relates a single quote to Augustine's discussion of free will versus divine providence; section III looks at Gratian, Decretum De cons. …

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