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The conclusion divides into three distinct parts. First, it reflects over the persistence of core ideas about the relationship between justice and mercy in the period c.1100 to c.1250, and what attention to debates on this topic reveals about medieval ideas about the ordering of society. It also considers how this study fits into a history of the development of systematic law, and how this research intersects with recent discussions of the development of accountability in this period. Secondly, the conclusion examines change over time, and, in particular, how the debate surrounding justice and mercy changed c.1250, with the introduction of Aristotle and an Aristotelian vocabulary of justice into European schools. The conceptual fluidity of twelfth-century discussions gave way to new ideas about equity and moderation, which drew much from the newly translated Ethics. Finally, the conclusion addresses the methodological implications of this study and what the arguments presented in this book mean for the study of the relationship between theology and law in the middle ages, and the assumptions medievalists bring to that topic.

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Justice and mercy

Moral theology and the exercise of law in twelfth-century England


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