Thomas Wolf c. Richard de Abingdon, 1293-1295 : a case study of legal argument
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This essay examines the legal arguments in Wolf c. Abingdon, a tithes dispute from 1293–5 between the rector and the vicar of Aldington, Kent. The case records contain explicit citations to written law, a surprising find in a seemingly minor case. The presence of explicit citations in particular suggests first that the litigants had access to legal assistance in the provincial court, and second that advocates and possibly judges were turning to written legal sources to resolve disputed points. This essay shows how the litigants' arguments were constructed and determines whether or not these arguments were effective in court.
White , S B 2020 , ' Thomas Wolf c. Richard de Abingdon, 1293-1295 : a case study of legal argument ' , Journal of Ecclesiastical History , vol. 71 , no. 1 , pp. 40-58 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022046919001155
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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