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date: 15 October 2019

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The most obvious and yet often unrecognized quality of law is that it is spectacular. Common law is not distinct in its classical architectural heritage, its costumes and wigs, its portraiture and libraries, its theatrical and visual forms. There is, as Selden puts it, a face and frame of government which is a borrowed continental form, a mode of reception of Roman law that is ironically hidden in plain sight. This chapter picks up that theme and uses the reception and influence of the legal emblem book to argue that the most expansive importation and jurisdiction of Roman law within the Anglican tradition takes the form of the emblematic representations of law, norm, and justice.

Keywords: images, laws, Selden, Vacarius, liber pauperum, legal emblem books, enigmas

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