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Statuta and Acts: Interpretation, Music, and Early English Legislation

Author(s): Desmond Manderson

This article compares music and law in the period 1200-1500 in order to highlight the shared social and textual history of each, looking particularly at changing ideas of normativity, authority, and textuality in each genre and arguing for the significance of music for the changing social meaning of law and law for the changing social meaning of music. Formal, textual,a nd social analysis cohere to develop an argument for music as an important field of inquiry into the cultural representation of law.

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Centre: CLAH

Research theme: Legal Theory

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