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Great Christian Jurists in English History
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1. Introduction R. H. Helmholz and Mark Hill, QC; 2. Henry of Bratton (alias Bracton) Nicholas Vincent; 3. William Lyndwood R. H. Helmholz; 4. Christopher St German: religion, conscience and law Ian Williams; 5. Sir Edward Coke: faith, law and the search for stability in reformation England David Chan Smith; 6. Richard Hooker: priest and jurist Norman Doe; 7. The integrative Christian jurisprudence of John Selden Harold Berman and John Witte; 8. Matthew Hale as Theologian and natural law theorist David S. Sytsma; 9. Lord Mansfield: the reasonableness of Religion Norman S. Poser; 10. William Blackstone's Anglicanism Wilf Prest; 11. Lord Kenyon: preaching from the bench James Oldham; 12. Stephen Lushington Stephen M. Waddams; 13. Roundell Palmer, Earl of Selborne Charlotte Smith; 14. F. W. Maitland: faithful dissenter Russell Sandberg; 15. A passion for justice: Lord Denning, Christianity and the law Andrew Phang.

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Great Christian Jurists in English History comprises biographical portraits of leading jurists and judges assessing the influence of their Christianity.

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Mark Hill, QC is Associate or Visiting Professor at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University; the University of Pretoria; King's College London; and Notre Dame University, Sydney. His most recent book is The Confluence of Law and Religion (Cambridge, 2016). He is Consultant Editor of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, a Recorder of the Crown Court, Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal and Chancellor of the Dioceses of Chichester, Leeds and Europe. R. H. Helmholz is Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Natural Law in Court (2015), in which he traces the role played by the law of nature in legal practice of the courts of Europe, England and the United States from 1500 to the mid-nineteenth century.

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'The scope is wide, reaching from the thirteenth century (Henry of Bratton) to the twentieth (Lord Denning), and the chapters are of consistently high quality. Thus the volume is no mere biographical collection, but a unique contribution for the way it explores the complicated interactions between faith and practice, ecclesiastical law and common law, and recurring questions about the boundaries between civil and ecclesial jurisdictions. ... In sum, this is an excellent start for the Great Christian Jurists series, and it has set a high bar for subsequent volumes.' Journal of Markets and Morality
'This book deserves wide readership not only by researchers but for its general historical interest. Each essay is discrete and can be enjoyed separately or as part of the whole.' Sheila Cameron, Church Times
'Great Christian Jurists presents a fascinating diversity in the interaction between faith and law, dependent among other things on the person's character and temperament, as well as the relevant historical context. Perhaps, therefore, the key lesson of the book is that the relationship between Christianity and law in a person's life is a complex one, not susceptible of one single authorized mode of expression. Faith can be expressed in more than one legitimate way and it would be inappropriate to attempt to contrive a single model or blueprint. The volume succeeds in providing a helpful overview of the life and contributions made by leading Christian jurists, and makes a welcome contribution to the Cambridge Studies in Law and Christianity series.' Benjamin B. Saunders, Reading Religion
`The scope is wide, reaching from the thirteenth century (Henry of Bratton) to the twentieth (Lord Denning), and the chapters are of consistently high quality. Thus the volume is no mere biographical collection, but a unique contribution for the way it explores the complicated interactions between faith and practice, ecclesiastical law and common law, and recurring questions about the boundaries between civil and ecclesial jurisdictions. ... In sum, this is an excellent start for the Great Christian Jurists series, and it has set a high bar for subsequent volumes.' Journal of Markets and Morality
'This book deserves wide readership not only by researchers but for its general historical interest. Each essay is discrete and can be enjoyed separately or as part of the whole.' Sheila Cameron, Church Times
'Great Christian Jurists presents a fascinating diversity in the interaction between faith and law, dependent among other things on the person's character and temperament, as well as the relevant historical context. Perhaps, therefore, the key lesson of the book is that the relationship between Christianity and law in a person's life is a complex one, not susceptible of one single authorized mode of expression. Faith can be expressed in more than one legitimate way and it would be inappropriate to attempt to contrive a single model or blueprint. The volume succeeds in providing a helpful overview of the life and contributions made by leading Christian jurists, and makes a welcome contribution to the Cambridge Studies in Law and Christianity series.' Benjamin B. Saunders, Reading Religion

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