Law in Medieval Russia by Ferdinand Feldbrugge

By Ferdinand Feldbrugge

A lot of what we all know concerning the vibrant Russian heart a long time comes from felony assets: the treaties of Russian-Scandinavian warlords with the Byzantine emperors, the sluggish penetration of Christianity and Byzantine associations, the never-ending online game of battle and peace one of the a variety of nearby princes, the actions of Hanseatic retailers within the prosperous city-republic of Novgorod, the curious relationships among the Mongol conquerors and Russian rulers and church dignitaries, and so on. And, on the even extra fringes of medieval Europe, there have been the Christian kingdoms of Armenia and Georgia, squeezed among the Islamic empires of Iran and Turkey, yet each one owning their difficult and unique criminal platforms. A dialogue of extra common questions of criminal background and criminal anthropology precedes the remedy of those quite a few themes.

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Revenge was a matter for the family or the clan. Originally, one would presume, the offence would be regarded as an insult of the family or clan to which the actual victim belonged. Conversely, the offender’s family or clan could be held responsible for the misdeeds of one of their members. Several systems have retained traces of such collective responsibility or liability. The Germanic laws are the most clear in this respect. , the famous description of the court scene on Achilles’ shield, where two men submit a dispute about the ποινή for a murdered man to the city court.

C. are quite clear by now. Starting with the earliest and most primitive Pit-Grave culture in the North Caspian area this development and its gradual differentiation can be traced in considerable detail until the first historical ethnic entities of undoubtedly Indo-European origin appear. Law’s Beginnings and Early Law 9 The examination of the earliest known law of various Indo-European peoples easily leads to the hypothesis of a common core of legal institutions, which would take us back to these times and places.

Indigenous Law and the State, Dordrecht/Providence, RI, 1988, 259268, at 260. 5 As quoted by Hoekema, 183. The formula is logically defective (defining idem per idem), but something may possibly have been lost in translation. 6 P. Cliteur, “Incipient Law. Aspects of Legal Philosophy”, Feldbrugge, Law’s Beginnings, 1-9, at 7. Cliteur, 9. 4 Law in Medieval Russia They need not all be there, and some of them may also occur outside the legal system, but once a certain number of them are present, in sufficient intensity, and in particular constellations, we recognize the existence of law.

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