New Perspectives on ‘Law and Humanities’ together with a ‘Musical’ Approach to the History of Legal Problems: Looking Through the Mirror of Opera, Valerio Massimo Minale
(History of) Law and Other Humanities: When, Why, How, Luigi Lacchè
Chapter I. Iconography of Law
A Legal Study of Medieval Cities from the 11th to 14th Century: The Example of Sigillography in France, Romain Broussais
Typographic Art and Roman Law: A Renaissance Image of the Lex XII tabularum, Fabiana Tuccillo
Chapter II. Representation of Justice in Music Culture
«Oh, the Law is Ruination, and Attorneys are Vexation ...» Law and Lawyers in the Opera and Operetta, Krzysztof Bokwa
The Boyars, the Poet and the Composer. The Portrayal of the Boyar Duma in Puškin’s and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Nina Kršljanin, Filip Milinkovi?
The Dreyfus Affair in Music. L’Hymne à la Justice of Albéric Magnard, Mario Riberi
Chapter III. Architecture and Politics of Justice
Scientia iuris and architectura. A Focus on Buildings for Shows, Paola Pasquino
Optimus princeps and the Triumphal Arch in Benevento, Alessio Guasco
Law, Justice and Architecture in Modern Venice: The Rectors’ Palaces and the Government of the Mainland, Claudia Passarella
Milan’s Courthouse: A View of the Roman Legal Culture across Fascist Ideology, Virginia Maria De Capitani
Chapter IV. Philosophy, Methodology and the Construction of the Law
Cicero’s Thinking on the Essence of Legal Reasoning, Valentina Cvetkovi?-Dordevi?
Interpreting the Antiheretical Edict of Wielun?. Between Literal Meaning and Philosophical Approach, Pawe? Dziwi?ski
Law and Humanities in Giambattista Vico’s Thought. A First Understanding, Alessia Farano
The National Codification of Civil Law in Poland at the Beginning of the 19th Century. Sources and Inspirations, Piotr Pomianowski
Chapter V. Legal Culture in Poetry, Drama and Novel
The Frogs by Aristophanes: When Comedy Meets Legal History, Athanasios Delios
Medicus between Perception and Reality as Portrayed in Some Non-legal Sources, Nikol Žiha
Military Law, Justice and Discipline in the Early Modern Owlglass. Literature from Central Europe, Przemys?aw Gawron, Jan Jerzy Sowa
Pamphlet Literature Reflecting Parliamentary Opposition at the Time of the French Fronde: The Example of the Mazarinades (1648-1649), Juan Manuel Hernández Vélez
The Methods for the Legitimation of the Succession of James II in Aphra Behn’s Poem for Coronation, Balázs Rigó
Balzac and the Criticisms of the French Civil Code in the First Half of the 19th Century, Elisabeth Bruyère
Chapter VI. Literary Environments for Criminal Law
The Medieval Legal Practice of Exculpatory Oath and Trial by Fire in the Legend of Queen Isolde, Alicja Ba?czyk
Between Law and Literature. Violations of the Legal Rule in the Decameron, Daniela Buccomino
Institutions and Criminal Procedure of the Magdeburg Law in Poland according to Judas’ Sack by Sebastian Fabian Klonowic, Lukasz Golaszewski
A Letter from Detention: The Edition of Letters of Livonian Humanistic Lawyer David Hilchen as an Interdisciplinary Challenge, Hesi Siimets-Gross
The Case of Eszter Solymosi from Tiszaeszlár: The Notorious Blood Libel Trial through the Eyes of Gyula Krúdy, Imre Kepessy
Reading a Travel Journal. The Melancholia of Gina Lombroso in Latin America, Francesco Rotondo
Chapter VII. Stories of Law and Cinema
History of Rome, History of Roman Law and Cinema, Carlo De Cristofaro
You Can Only Write Once – Rights to Autorship, Inspiration and Transformation in the Chosen Judgements of U.S. Courts Involving the Copyrights on the James Bond Character, Wojciech Ba?czyk
Chapter VIII. Popular Culture and Legal Culture in Contemporary Age Advertising and the Rule of Law. Law in Representations of Insurance in Late 19th Century Netherlands, Christina Reimann
Newspapers and the Making of Popular Legal Culture. The Example of the Death Penalty in France (20th century), Nicolas Picard
Secularism versus Religion-based Legal Pluralism:
The Diverse Views on These Concepts in Modern Muslim Discourse and Culture between 19th and 21st Century, Rafal Kaczmarczyk
Chapter IX. Law and Political Practice
Legal Organization of Medieval Serbian Mining Communities, Andreja Katan?evi?
The Structure of the Government and the Press, Gábor Bathó
The Influence of Political Factors on the Adjudicating, on Petty Offences in the People’s Republic of Poland, Marcin Lysko
Chapter X. History of Law, History and Law: Perspectives for Methodology and Teaching
History and Legal History in Latin America. Reflections on a Necessary Dialogue with Special Attention to Cuban Experience, Fabricio Mulet Martínez
Teaching a Historical Context in a First-Year ‘Introduction to Private Law’ Course. The Effects of Teaching Approaches and a Learning Environment on Students’ Learning, Emanuel G. D. van Dongen, Irma Meijerman
The collection of essays presented here examines the links forged through the ages between the realm of law and the expressions of the humanistic culture.
We collected thirty-five essays by international scholars and organized them into sections of ten chapters based around ten different themes. Two main perspectives emerged: in some articles the topic relates to the conventional approach of law and/in humanities (iconography, literature, architecture, cinema, music), other articles are about more traditional connections between fields of knowledge (in particular, philosophy, political experiences, didactics).
We decided not to confine authors to one particular methodological framework, preferring instead to promote historiographical openness. Our intention was to create a patchwork of different approaches, with each article drawing on a different area of culture to provide a new angle to the history being told. The variety of authorial nationalities gives the collection a multicultural character and the breadth of the chronological period it deals with –from antiquity to the contemporary age– adds further depth of insight.
As the element that unites the collection is historiographical interpretation, we wanted to bring to the fore its historical depth. Thus for every chapter we organized the articles in chronological order according to the historical context covered.
Looking at the final outcome, it was interesting to learn that more often than not the connection between law and humanities is not simply a relation between a specific branch of the law and a single field of the humanities, but rather a relation that could be developed in many directions at once, involving different fields of knowledge, and of arts and popular culture.
We are grateful to Luigi Lacchè for his contribution to this collection. His essay outlines the coordinates of the ‘law and humanities’ world, laying out the instruments necessary for an understanding of the origins of a complex methodology and the different approaches that exist within it.
This project is the result of discussions that took place during the XXIII Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians held in Naples in the spring of 2017. The book was made possible thanks to the advice and support of Cristina Vano.