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The Rise of the Barristers : A Social History of the English Bar 1590-1640 - Wilfrid R. Prest

The Rise of the Barristers

A Social History of the English Bar 1590-1640

Paperback Published: 2nd May 1991
ISBN: 9780198202585
Number Of Pages: 288

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Barristers constituted the most powerful and prosperous professional group in early modern England. In the half-century before the calling of the Long Parliament in 1640, this branch of the legal profession grew rapidly and underwent profound structural change. Wilfrid Prest systematically examines the effects of these changes on the barrister's working life, along with the changing balance between supply and demand for his services during this formative period. Patterns of professional recruitment, training, and mobility have been reconstructed from the social origins and careers of some 500 individual lawyers, and separate chapters explore the participation of barristers in the cultural, religious, and political life of Elizabethan and early Stuart England. The book concludes by considering the nature and underlying causes of the largely unfavourable image of the early modern lawyer.

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`The Rise of the Barristers is an innovative and fundamental contribution to the history of the legal profession and it becomes the new base for future enquiry.' Times Literary Supplement `Prest possesses imagination as well as erudition, and is anxious to consider the impact of barristers on the wider society.' English Historical Review `There is but little in this book with which to find fault; on the contrary it is excellently researched and well presented.' Journal of Legal History `It is very much a professional's book, searching in its questions, accountable in its methodology, and scrupulous with regard to its conclusions.' Historical Studies `a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the legal profession in England in the early modern period' Paul A. Brand, American Journal of Legal History `Dr. Prest's prose is a constant revelation. Within the last few years there have been published a number of distinguished scholarly volumes on the history of the English legal profession. Dr. Prest's new volume is another notable accretion to this excellent collection.' W.N. Osborough, The Irish Jurist, Volume XXIII, 1988

List of tables
The Business of the Bar
Demand and Supply
Group Porttrait
Lawyers and Letters
Government and Politics
Law, Lawyers and Litigants
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ISBN: 9780198202585
ISBN-10: 019820258X
Series: Oxford Studies in Social History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd May 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.07  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.61

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