LEGA art.no. br9807 PIPS.no. 159074 Please indicate author’s corrections in blue , setting errors in red 186 COMPTES RENDUS KB/zetten/060198/000000 H.H. J AKOBS , De Similibus ad similia bei Bracton und Azo. [Ius commune, Sonder- hefte: Studien zur Europäischen Rechtsgeschichte, 87]. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1996. XI + 139 p. Though this very learned and industrious monograph contains an admirable account of the history and present state of Bractonian criticism and many incidental felicities, it is to be feared that the author’s confidence that the reasons for which there was no English reception are discoverable from Bracton’s text is misplaced, at least if the question be not why the compilations of Justinian were not received in complexu , but why the later common law differed from a French coutume . If we compare Bracton’s treatise with the less ambitious work of his contemporary Pierre de Fontaines, both authors incorporate passages from Justinian’s compilations into their works without giving references, and both treatises may be divided into Roman and native portions: there is as little trace of Roman influence in Pierre de Fontaines’ account of the proce- dure in an action in the Vermandois as in Bracton’s exposition of
The Legal History Review / Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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