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Author: Gustavo Cabral Machado Cabral

Title: Ius Commune in Portuguese America

Subtitle: Criminal Issues on Local Canon Law in the ‘First Constitutions of the Diocese of Bahia’ (1707)

Journal: Glossae: European Journal of Legal History

Volume: 13

Issue: -

Year: 2016

Pages: 308-327

ISSN: 2255-2707 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | American History: Brazilian History | Prosecution: Laws / Canon Law


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Author: Gustavo César Machado Cabral, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Abstract: »This paper aims to analyze criminal matters contained in the “First Constitutions of the Archbishopric of Bahia”, a particular canon law text elaborated during the diocesan synod that took place in Salvador de Bahia in 1707 and one of the few examples of a formal juridical culture in Colonial Brazil. The study is concentrated in criminal issues not in a dogmatic perspective, but it is actually concerned with understanding the possible relations between particular law and ius commune tradition.« (Source: Glossae)


  Abstract (p. 308)
  Resumen (p. 308)
  1. Introduction (p. 308)
  2. Law and Institutions in Colonial Brazil (p. 309)
  3. Organizing Ecclesiastic Jurisdiction in Portuguese America: the Archbishopric of Bahia and the Making of its Constitutions (p. 312)
  4. Crimes on the “first Constitutions” (p. 315)
    4.1 Structure and matters on the Book Five (p. 315)
    4.2. Crimes and punishment in detail (p. 316)
      4.2.1. Heresy (p. 316)
      4.2.2. Blasphemy (p. 316)
      4.2.3. Witchcraft (p. 317)
      4.2.4. Simony (p. 318)
      4.2.5. Sacrilege (p. 318)
      4.2.6. Perjury (p. 319)
      4.2.7. Falsehood (p. 319)
      4.2.8. Usury (p. 320)
      4.2.9. Sexual crimes (p. 320)
      4.2.10. Murder and duel (p. 321)
      4.2.11. Moral injuries (p. 322)
      4.2.12. Larceny (p. 323)
      4.2.13. Games (p. 323)
    4.3. List of the quoted authors (p. 323)
  5. Final comments (p. 325)
  6. Bibliography (p. 325)

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