L’enseignement du droit civil à l’université d’Orléans du début de la guerre de Cent ans (1337) au siège de la ville (1428)
[Civil Law Instruction at the University of Orléans from the Beginning of the Hundred Years’ War (1337) to the Siege of the City (1428)]
Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte 253
Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann 2013. XIII, 452 p.
The University of Orleans once housed a renowned law school that rivalled Bologna in the 13th century. This work investigates the history of this school in the time of the Hundred Years’ War, which has received hardly any scholarly attention. The biographies of four influential professors, Jean Nicot, Bertrand Chabrol, Géraud Bagoilh and Jean Noaillé, provide the foundation for discussing the instruction of civil law between 1337 and 1428. Details from their lives, works and social circles (teachers, colleagues, students) show both to what extent they followed their Italian and French predecessors as well as how their lives and ideas affected jurisprudence elsewhere in Europe. In addition to describing the history of the faculty, which attracted a number of German and Dutch students, the book also provides access to a range of these professors’ works. Comprehensive commentary and a convenient index make the book a practical reference for this period in the legal history of France, Germany and the Netherlands.