„Reading Between the Lines of Law“. About Different Functions of the Siete Partidas of King Alfons X. of Castile Cover Image
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„Zwischen den Zeilen des Rechts“. Zu verschiedenen Funktionen der Siete Partidas Alfons X. von Kastilien
„Reading Between the Lines of Law“. About Different Functions of the Siete Partidas of King Alfons X. of Castile

Author(s): Heidi R. Krauss
Subject(s): History, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, History of Law, 13th to 14th Centuries
Published by: STS Science Centre Ltd
Keywords: Alfons X.; Siete Partidas; 13th century; discourse analysis;

Summary/Abstract: The Siete Partidas, the famous law code, of Alfons X. of Castile, written in the 13th century offers us a great variety of topics which have to be investigated more detailed. The central question is, which functions has the text besides being a law code? The encyclopedic character of this work, provides an insight into daily life of medieval Castile and mirrors the historical frame in which it was written. One of the central ideas of the Siete Partidas was to unify the existing „laws“ in the Kingdom of Castile. But, unification also means a centralization of the power which was embodied by the king. The fact, that this was not completely accepted by other powerful people of that time made it necessary for Alfons X. to legitimate his own power. This article highlights different functions of the Siete Partidas of King Alfons X. of Castile based on a discourse analysis and a hermeneutical interpretation.

  • Issue Year: 8/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 22-29
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: German