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By Karen Baston

In Charles Areskine's Library, Karen Baston makes use of an in depth examine of an eighteenth-century Scottish advocate's inner most ebook assortment to discover key subject matters within the Scottish Enlightenment together with secularisation, modernisation, internationalisation, and the advance of felony literature in Scotland. by way of exploring a surviving manuscript dated 1731that lists a Scottish lawyer's library, Karen Baston demonstrates that the books Charles Areskine owned, utilized in perform, and skim for excitement embedded him within the highbrow tradition that extended in early eighteenth-century Scotland. Areskine and his fellow advocates emerged as scholarly and sociable gents who led their country. attorneys have been imperative to and built-in with the Scottish society that allowed the Scottish Enlightenment to take root and flourish inside of Areskine's lifetime.

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104The ethics teaching of the Scottish arts curriculum and the new professorship in natural law were closely linked. 105 His first act, and one which confirms his interest in books, was to make a donation to the University Library which had served him so well during his regenting career. 1-2 and includes an inscription recording the gift in each volume. 106 This was a popular acquisition among those who studied abroad at Leiden. 109Areskine delivered an inaugural address, or at least a weekly praelection , on the theme of "God as the fountain of Law" when he took on his new role.

The students' destinations depended on the subjects they sought and the political climate at any given time . Students from the British Isles seeking medical or legal training might be excluded from taking degrees at Continental universities or the two English universities on religious grounds during and after the Reformation. However, students could matriculate at most Continental universities regardless of their religious affiliations. War could disrupt academic travel but even the restrictions caused by the War of Spanish Succession from 1703 to 1712 did not prevent eager students from crossing the Channel.

Areskine had a copy of the edition of 1694. It Is safe to assume that Areskine had copies of the books mentioned In the text that follows. Nevertheless we have always the Corpus Juris with Gothofredus' notes recommended to us, which at Leiden or at Amsterdam is sold for no less than 36 guilders. so that I fancy the corpus which you have with Gothofredus' notes will do well enough. 87Professors encouraged their students to read works of Roman history and Clerk "got a catalogue from my professor of all the Roman authors in their best editions".

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