Law-Making and Society in Late Elizabethan England: The Parliament of England, 1584-1601

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Overview

In recent years, historians have begun to reassess the Elizabethan parliament. David Dean's book contributes to this development by offering the first detailed account and analysis of the legislative impulses of the men attending the last six parliaments of Elizabeth's reign. Examining a wide range of social and economic issues, law reform, religious and political concerns, and affairs both national and local, Law-making and society in late Elizabethan England addresses the importance of parliament both as a political event and as a legislative institution. David Dean draws on an array of local, corporate and personal archives, as well as parliamentary records, to reinterpret the legislative history of the period, and in doing so develops a deeper understanding of many aspects of Elizabethan England.
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"...this is a very attractive, well-written book, and it is especially pleasant to have footnotes rather than end notes. ...All in all, highly recommended." Carl G. Ericson, Canadian Journal of History

"...one of the most important contributions to the history of parliament in recent years....This book will be of interest not only to parliamentary and legal historians, but also to social and economic historians." John M. Currin, The Sixteenth Century Journal

"...a large book packed with useful information. This book also has been handsomely produced." Louis A. Knafla, Albion

"...this book will be used as teh legislative equivalent of the History of Parliament Trust's volumes on the members of Elizabeth's House of Commons." Norma Landau, American Historical Review

"This book is a very well-researched, thorough, clearly written, and scholarly study of law-making in late Elizabethan England." Johann P. Sommerville, The American Journal of Legal History

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note to the reader
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Initiation and procedure 5
2 Supply and the general pardon 34
3 The crown and the state 63
4 Religion and the church 98
5 The commonweal 133
6 Law reform 188
7 Private legislation 217
8 Expiring laws continuance acts 259
Epilogue: the Parliament of 1604 277
Conclusion 282
Index of acts 291
Index of bills 295
General index 300
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