The emphasis in this present volume of Professor Feenstra’s studies lies on the post-medieval development of legal scholarship. The opening two studies are concerned with the University of Orléans in the 13th-14th centuries, but from there the centre of interest shifts to the early modern Netherlands. Two important themes are the teaching of law, especially at the legal faculties of Leyden and Franeker, and the doctrines of private law (especially property, contract, and succession). The figure of Hugo Grotius, his sources and his influence, dominate these articles.
Table of Contents
Contents: L'Ecole de droit d'Orléans au treizième siècle et son rayonnement dans l'Europe médiévale; Fourteenth-century Orléans glosses in an Oxford manuscript of the ’Infortiatum’: Gilles Bellemère as a romanist; Dominium and ius in re aliena: the origins of a civil law distinction; Hugues Doneau et les juristes néerlandais du XVIIe siècle: l'influence de son’système’ sur l'évolution du droit privé avant le Pandectisme; Notice sur Pierre Corneille de Brederode (1558[?]-1637); Ius commune et droit comparé chez Grotius: nouvelles remarques sur les sources citées dans ses ouvrages juridiques, Ã propos d'une réimpression du De iure belli ac pacis; La systématique du droit dans l'oeuvre de Grotius; Pact and contract in the Low Countries from the 16th to the18th century; Grotius’ doctrine of unjust enrichment as a source of obligation: its origin and its influence in Roman-Dutch law; Family, property and succession in the province of Holland during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; Canon law at Dutch universities from 1575 to 1811; Un manuscrit de la Bibliothèque Nationale faussement attribué Ã Vinnius: les Variae lectiones in Institutiones iuris de Jean Cabillau (1600-1652); Real rights and their classification in the 17th century: the rÃ´le of Heinrich Hahn and Gerhard Feltmann; Les juristes de l’ancienne Université de Franeker et leurs recueils de disputationes (période de 1635 Ã 1735); Ein spÃ¤ter Vertreter der niederlÃ¤ndischen Schule: Johan Ortwin Westenberg (1667-1737); Scottish-Dutch legal relations in the 17th and 18th centuries; Addenda; Indexes.
'Robert Feenstra has provided his colleagues with a valuable resource by collecting his several occasional essays into a single accessible volume. Together they confirm the considerable importan[ce] of the Low Countries and particularly Leiden in the reception, transmission and development of the civil law in Europe, and Professor Feenstra’s own position as the leading historiographer and prosopographist of his learned predecessors in Holland and Northern Europe.' The American Journal of Legal History, Vol. XLII, No. 1