What is it about?

The Medieval legal theories on coinage and money were particularly significant in shaping how the circulation of wealth worked in that period. A particular significance is to be attributed to a brocard of the jurist Azo (12th-13th century).

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Why is it important?

The role played by Azo in the construction of Medieval monetary law is not unknown to the scholarship, but the scope of the legal contribution to a monetary thought has been underestimated so far. This article seeks to re-evaluate the Glossators’ contribution on coinage starting from the textual reconstruction and the edition of Azo’s brocard, then stressing its importance to the developing of a legal monetary thought.


I hope this article provides fresh investigation on the topic of medieval legal brocards. This genre is usually unappealing for modern legal scholars, due to its textual complexity and high level of technicality. Hence, brocards have been a bit neglected by historiography, but they undoubtedly deserve more attention.

David De Concilio
University of Saint Andrews

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This page is a summary of: Moneta e cultura giuridica, Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review, December 2019, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15718190-00870a07.
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