The Evolution of English Justice: Law, Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century

Overview

This book aims to provide a lucid and approachable reassessment of the various political, economic and social pressures on the development of English justice in the fourteenth century. It suggests the best ways by which readers can understand the different historical debates and schools of thought. It stresses the crucial point that the law did not simply react to external shocks, but was capable of developing from within, responding to the needs of a fast-changing and increasingly litigious society. Further, it ...
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Overview

This book aims to provide a lucid and approachable reassessment of the various political, economic and social pressures on the development of English justice in the fourteenth century. It suggests the best ways by which readers can understand the different historical debates and schools of thought. It stresses the crucial point that the law did not simply react to external shocks, but was capable of developing from within, responding to the needs of a fast-changing and increasingly litigious society. Further, it questions the notion that royal justice underwent a crisis in the fourteenth century and offers new insights into the power structure and political culture of the reigns of Edward II, Edward III, and Richard II.
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Looks at how the English justice system transformed into what is recognizable as a precursor of the modern system through a series of significant challenges during the 1300s, including the unprecedented deposition of Edward II, the unparalleled military demands of Edward III, and the shocks of the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt. Stresses that the law did not simply react to external shocks, but was capable of developing from within; questions the conventional notion that royal justice underwent a crisis during the century; and offers insights into the power structure and political culture of the time. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312217488
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1998
  • Series: British Studies Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Musson is a Research Associate of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.

W. M. Ormrod is Professor of Medieval History and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: The Evolution of English Justice 1
2 Royal Justice at the Centre 12
3 Royal Justice in the Provinces 42
4 External Influences on the Evolution of Justice 75
5 Internal Influences on the Evolution of Justice 115
6 Conclusion: Attitudes to Justice 161
App The Sessions and Itineraries of the Court of King's Bench and Parliament, 1290-1399 194
Notes 206
Select Bibliography 239
Index 242
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