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Sir Edward Coke Gets It Wrong? A Brief History of Consecration

  • Kenyon Homfray (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 September 2008

In many modern works of ecclesiastical law, the Institutes of Sir Edward Coke are given as the authority for the consecration of buildings as places of public worship. For authority Coke relies on scriptural precedent. This paper suggests that, in fact, the origin of consecration as a legal precedent lies in pre-Christian Roman law.1

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M Hill , Ecclesiastical Law (3rd edition, Oxford, 2007), p 220

HJ Berman , Law and Revolution 2: the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the Western legal tradition (Cambridge, MA, 2003), ch 3

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Ecclesiastical Law Journal
  • ISSN: 0956-618X
  • EISSN: 1751-8539
  • URL: /core/journals/ecclesiastical-law-journal
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