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Crusading and Canon Law

  • James Muldoon
Part of the Palgrave Advances book series (PAD)

Abstract

At first glance war and law seem to be an unlikely pairing. After all, war suggests the breakdown of lawful order so that the end of war suggests the restoration of law and order. Since there appears to be little likelihood that violence will disappear from human society, however, if violence cannot be eliminated, bringing it under some control is the next best solution. The law of war, a web of laws, customs and practices designed to identify the legitimate bases for going to war and to regulate the exercise of armed force in the course of a war, gradually developed.

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Sixteenth Century Twelfth Century Reform Movement Christian Society Henry Versus 
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Notes

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