This study traces the transition of treason from a personal crime against a monarch to a more modern crime against the impersonal state. Prior to the Civil Wars of the 1640s, English jurists construed the law of treason largely as a personal crime against the monarch. The book reveals how the events of the 1640s challenged pre-existing interpretations and led to a revised understanding of treason as a crime committed against "the state" as an impersonal entity.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
D. Alan Orr was educated at Queen� University at Kingston, the University of Glasgow and the University of Cambridge where he received his PhD in 1997. He has subsequently taught at Carleton University in Ottawa and Queen� University at Kingston. His work has appeared in The Journal of British Studies and he is a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography. His current research interests lie in the area of Anglo-Irish relations in the first half of the seventeenth century and the problems associated with the extension and enforcement of English legal customs over the whole of Ireland.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Concepts: 1. The statutory basis of English treason law; 2. Sovereignty and state; Part II. Practice: 3. Thomas Wentworth, First Earl of Strafford; 4. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury; 5. Connor Lord Maguire, Second Baron of Enniskillen; 6. Charles Stuart, King of England; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.