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The Evolution of English Justice : Law, Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century - W. Mark Ormrod

The Evolution of English Justice

Law, Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century

Paperback Published: 25th November 1998
ISBN: 9780333676714
Number Of Pages: 264

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The importance of the fourteenth century for the development of English law has long been recognised. The shocks and challenges of that period - the murder of the incompetent Edward II, Edward III's ever escalating military demands for the war in France and the unparalleled disaster of the Black Death - gave English society a trauma that found its ultimate expression in Lollardy and the Peasants' Revolt. Out of this ferment came the evolution of a system of justice still substantially recognisable today. This key theme for students of late medieval England has often been made needlessly difficult by the rarefied nature of most books available on the subject. The aim of this book is to present in lucid and approachable terms the main outline of the debate and the different schools of thought, and to suggest the best ways by which students can understand a crucial subject and how this helps illuminate many other aspects of English society during the reigns of Edward II, Edward III and Richard II.

'Musson and Ormrod have written an interesting and stimulating book on a highly complex subject. As historians they have analysed institutional change in the legal system in the context of its own time, rejecting the use of hindsight, and giving full weight to the non-legal factors which led to that change. Their work is of great interest to historians and lawyers alike.' - Anne Lyon, Legal History

Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction: The Evolution of English Justice Royal Justice at the Centre Royal Justice in the Provinces External Influences on the Evolution of Justice Internal Influences on the Evolution of Justice Conclusion: Attitudes to Justice Select Bibliography Notes Index

ISBN: 9780333676714
ISBN-10: 0333676718
Series: British Studies Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th November 1998
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1