Thomas Wolf c. Richard de Abingdon, 1293-1295:a case study of legal argument

White, Sarah Beth (2020) Thomas Wolf c. Richard de Abingdon, 1293-1295:a case study of legal argument. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 71 (1). pp. 40-58. ISSN 0022-0469

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Abstract

This essay examines the legal arguments in Wolf c. Abingdon, a tithes dispute from 1293–5 between the rector and the vicar of Aldington, Kent. The case records contain explicit citations to written law, a surprising find in a seemingly minor case. The presence of explicit citations in particular suggests first that the litigants had access to legal assistance in the provincial court, and second that advocates and possibly judges were turning to written legal sources to resolve disputed points. This essay shows how the litigants' arguments were constructed and determines whether or not these arguments were effective in court.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1212
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ID Code:
160457
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Deposited On:
08 Oct 2021 16:00
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Yes
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Published
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09 Oct 2021 05:56