"This collection focuses on the history of legal emblems and the genealogy of law's visual structures. The growing interest in law and the visual has tended to focus in a somewhat lazy fashion upon film and law, rather than addressing the actual history of law's regimes of visual control. But early modern lawyers, civilian and common alike, developed their very own ars iuris or art of law. A variety of legal disciplines always relied in part upon the use of visual representations, upon images and statuary to convey authority and sovereign norm. Military, religious, administrative and legal images found juridical codification and expression in collections of signs of office, in heraldic codes, in genealogical devices, and then finally in the juridical invention in the mid-sixteenth century of the legal emblem book. This book traces the complex lineage of the legal emblem and argues that the mens emblematica of the humanist lawyers was the inauguration of a visiocratic regime that continues in significant part into the present and multiple technologies of vision. Bringing together leading experts on the history of legal emblems to address the critical question of why it was lawyers who authored the emblemata, and correlatively, what was the relation and role of these visual depictions of norms to the practice and performance of law, this collection provides a ground-breaking account of the long relationship between visibility, meaning and normativity"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. The Gordian knot of emblemata : from the Labyrinthus absconditus to the affirmation of the Prisca Jurisprudentia / Valerie Hayaert 2. The evidence of things not seen / Peter Goodrich 3. Metamorphosis, mythography, and the nature of English law / Paul Raffield 4. Confessio infirmitatis, or, a productive digression put to good use in legal affairs / Anselm Haverkamp 5. The heart and the law in the scales : allegorical discourse and modes of subjectivization in early-modern religious emblematics / Agnes Guiderdoni 6. From pornograhy to moral didactism : how the French play with emblems / Christian Biet 7. The tongue and the eye : eloquence and office in renaissance emblems / Piyel Haldar 8. Don't screw with the law : visual and spatial defences against judicial and political corruption in renaissance Italy / Alick Mclean 9. Epistemological doubt and visual puzzles of sight, knowledge, and judgment : reflections on clear-sighted and blindfolded justices / Judith Rensnik And Denis Curtis 10. Crime shows : CSI in Habsburg Spain / Bill Egginton.