Sir Edward Coke Gets It Wrong? A Brief History of Consecration

  title={Sir Edward Coke Gets It Wrong? A Brief History of Consecration},
  author={Kenyon Homfray},
  journal={Ecclesiastical Law Journal},
  pages={36 - 50}
  • K. Homfray
  • Published 16 September 2008
  • Law, History
  • Ecclesiastical Law Journal
In many modern works of ecclesiastical law, the Institutes of Sir Edward Coke are given as the authority for the consecration of buildings as places of public worship. For authority Coke relies on scriptural precedent. This paper suggests that, in fact, the origin of consecration as a legal precedent lies in pre-Christian Roman law. 1 


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