[lit-ideas] The seat of judgment

  • From: Chris Bruce <bruce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:33:29 +0200

I came across the following quotation today. Somehow it seems relevant to certain current events, so thought I'd share it with the list:

'Let no one, unwise and unlearned, presume to ascend the
seat of judgment, which is like unto the throne of God, lest
for light he bring darkness and for darkness light, and, with
unskilful hand, even as a madman, he put the innocent to the
sword and set free the guilty, and lest he fall from on high, as
from the throne of God, in attempting to fly before he has wings'

Bracton, On the Laws and Customs of England, ca. AD 1250

I'm sure some other list member could explain its relevance better than I.

Chris Bruce
Kiel, Germany

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