The Consumption Of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 by Daniel Lord SmailThe Consumption Of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 by Daniel Lord Smail

The Consumption Of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423

byDaniel Lord Smail

Paperback | April 16, 2013

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In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the ideas and practices of justice in Europe underwent significant change as procedures were transformed and criminal and civil caseloads grew apace. Drawing on the rich judicial records of Marseille from the years 1264 to 1423, especially records of civil litigation, this book approaches the courts of law from the perspective of the users of the courts (the consumers of justice) and explains why men and women chose to invest resources in the law.

Daniel Lord Smail shows that the courts were quickly adopted as a public stage on which litigants could take revenge on their enemies. Even as the new legal system served the interest of royal or communal authority, it also provided the consumers of justice with a way to broadcast their hatreds and social sanctions to a wider audience and negotiate their own community standing in the process. The emotions that had driven bloodfeuds and other forms of customary vengeance thus never went away, and instead were fully incorporated into the new procedures.

Daniel Lord Smail is Professor of History at Harvard University.
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Title:The Consumption Of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.06 × 5.91 × 0.27 inPublished:April 16, 2013Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080147888X

ISBN - 13:9780801478888

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Using the Courts

2. Structures of Hatred

3. The Pursuit of Debt

4. Body and Bona

5. The Public Archive

Conclusion

Appendix: The Nature and Format of the Record

Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Solidly archival, carefully statistical but alert to social texture and the quirks of tales, The Consumption of Justice brings anthropology to legal history, smartly undercutting law's autonomy to exalt bargaining and a premodern culture of disputes and settlements."—Thomas V. Cohen, York University, Toronto