Christian court

Same as Ecclesiastical court.
the English ecclesiastical courts in the aggregate, or any one of them.

See also: Christian, Court

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In this study we are presented with a literary genre which has a long classical pedigree (epic and panegyric) and which continues to make use of classical ("pagan") themes, while addressed to the Christian court of the late sixth century.
In other words, in Lust's Dominion and The Turke we have two versions--one written in Elizabeth's reign, one in James's--of a very similar story about an evil Mohammedan's interactions with a Christian court.
19) However, in each instance the sensual and cruel Muslim is not out of place in a Christian court since Christian behavior and morality are no different from the villain's.
These are matters that reveal the nature of the changes between the representation of the "Turk" character and the Christian court in Lust's Dominion and in the later play The Turke--changes which reflect a shift in the political debates and anxieties in the ten years or so between them.
However, to read these plays merely as expressions of anti-Muslim sentiment is to neglect central aspects of their significance since the plays' Islamic villains and the activities in Christian courts that prove to be corrupt also must refer to domestic English political issues.
For example, Sunni and Shia courts allow men to enter into polygamous relationships, while Druze and Christian courts do not.
Whether in Cordoba and other centers of Andalusia or in the Christian courts of Spain, Sicily or Outremer, rulers found that they needed to maintain good relations with the majority population.
A further article, by Annette Schmidt, deals with the oaths demanded of Jews in Christian courts.
Instead, Christian courts would hand out `justice' based on Old Testament laws.
29) However, had real intent been expressed and a betrothal effected--not the mere resort to stratagem--clerical Christian courts normally upheld the pact.
They could and did seek relief in the courts, even in Christian courts, and the oath of a Jew was as valid as that of a Christian before the court of the Eight.

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