Chapter 11 Essay questions

Roman law and the European ius commune

There are no specimen questions to chapter 11 as much will depend on the type of course taught, but here are some topics notes as guidance:

  1. The legacy of Roman law in the Dark Ages – Topics which should be covered here include the fate of Roman law, the separation between the West and the Byzantine Empire and the role of the Church.
  2. The revival of Roman law in the Late Medieval Period – Topics which should be covered here include the reasons for the revival, the various Schools of Jurists and their contributions, the rise of Canon law.
  3. Roman law and the rise of the Nation state – Topics which should be covered here include the fragmenting of the 'common law' of Europe and the phases of reception, the differing levels of reception in different countries and the reasons for that, the impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.