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The procedure and practice of witness testimony in English ecclesiastical courts, c.1193–1300

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The procedure and practice of witness testimony in English ecclesiastical courts, c.1193–1300. / White, Sarah B.

The Church and the Law. ed. / Rosamond McKitterick; Charlotte Methuen; Andrew Spicer. Vol. 56 Cambridge University Press, 2020. p. 114-130 (Studies in Church History; Vol. 56).

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White, SB 2020, The procedure and practice of witness testimony in English ecclesiastical courts, c.1193–1300. in R McKitterick, C Methuen & A Spicer (eds), The Church and the Law. vol. 56, Studies in Church History, vol. 56, Cambridge University Press, pp. 114-130. https://doi.org/10.1017/stc.2019.7

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White, S. B. (2020). The procedure and practice of witness testimony in English ecclesiastical courts, c.1193–1300. In R. McKitterick, C. Methuen, & A. Spicer (Eds.), The Church and the Law (Vol. 56, pp. 114-130). (Studies in Church History; Vol. 56). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/stc.2019.7

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White SB. The procedure and practice of witness testimony in English ecclesiastical courts, c.1193–1300. In McKitterick R, Methuen C, Spicer A, editors, The Church and the Law. Vol. 56. Cambridge University Press. 2020. p. 114-130. (Studies in Church History). https://doi.org/10.1017/stc.2019.7

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White, Sarah B. / The procedure and practice of witness testimony in English ecclesiastical courts, c.1193–1300. The Church and the Law. editor / Rosamond McKitterick ; Charlotte Methuen ; Andrew Spicer. Vol. 56 Cambridge University Press, 2020. pp. 114-130 (Studies in Church History).

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