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Excommunication for Debt in Late Medieval France


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Introduction; 1. Church courts and credit; 2. The supply of ecclesiastical justice; 3. Case studies: demand for ecclesiastical justice; 4. A crisis of credit? The Reformation and the early modern world; Conclusion: from church to market; Bibliography; Index.

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A re-evaluation of late medieval church courts' role in the enforcement of minor credit through the widespread, frequent excommunication of debtors.

About the Author

Tyler Lange is a historian of the late Middle Ages and the early modern period whose research centers on questions of legal, religious, and social practices between 1400 and 1600. His first book, The First French Reformation: Church Reform and the Origins of the Old Regime, appeared with Cambridge in 2014. He is a past fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and presently a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.


'Thanks to an impressive data base derived from sampling three church courts (Chartres, Paris and Montvilliers) including more than 11,000 sentences, Tyler Lange provides us with a useful empirical presentation of the issue, depicting the rise and the fall of excommunication for debt from 1300 to 1600.' Jerome Loiseau, European History Quarterly

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