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David De Concilio

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I am a PhD Student in the ERC Advance Grant funded project ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the Late Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries’ (CLCLCL). My prelimary project's title is ‘The development of legal texts in late twelfth-century England and Italy‘. More specifically, my current research focuses on the role played by the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman canonical environment in the use of dialectic in legal literary genres and especially in the development of the brocards. Analysing the very first two collections of Brocarda, both of English origin, my research seeks to reconstruct legal common ground between the two sides of the English Channel. Methodologically, my project involves a careful textual and philological analysis of the primary sources, with the aim of preparing a critical edition of the Perpendiculum, the oldest collection of canonical brocards and a foundational text for the topic of legal presumptions.

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