By Christopher W. Brooks

Legislation, like faith, supplied one of many valuable discourses in which early-modern English humans conceptualised the realm within which they lived. Transcending conventional barriers among social, criminal and political heritage, this cutting edge and authoritative learn examines the advance of criminal inspiration and perform from the later heart a while via to the outbreak of the English civil conflict, and explores the ways that legislation mediated and constituted social and monetary relationships in the family, the group, and the nation in any respect degrees. through arguing that English universal legislation was once primarily the production of the broader group, it demanding situations many present assumptions and opens new views approximately how early-modern society can be understood. Its magisterial scope and lucid exposition will make it crucial studying for these attracted to topics starting from excessive politics and constitutional conception to the heritage of the kinfolk, in addition to the heritage of legislations.

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24 However, there are also indications that the reign of Henry VII, and especially the 1520s, may have seen economic difficulties amongst the memberships of the inns and, possibly, a contraction in their numbers. For instance, at the inn of chancery know as Barnard’s Inn, which came into existence under that name in the 1440s, the 1490s and early 1500s appear to have been troubled times. 25 Documents which record admissions to the legal inns in sufficient detail for quantitative measurements to be made from them do not survive before the early sixteenth century.

R. , Revolution Reassessed: Revisions in the History of Tudor Government and Administration (Oxford, 1986). Below, chs. 9–11. The revision of Elton began with P. Williams and G. L. ’, Past and Present, 25 (1963), 87–96. Stephen Ellis, Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power: the Making of the British State (Oxford, 1995) is a significant exception. 32 The initiatives of the crown and the break from Rome following century was hardly free from major civil unrest. Himself a usurper, Henry VII lived in fear of threats to his throne, a paranoia at least partially justified by the schemes of pretenders.

There were apparently no professional teachers of the common law, and although notes on readings often circulated in manuscript, few ever found their way into print; nor was there a strong tradition of treatise writing before 1550. 29 The book inaugurated legal publishing, and it was authoritative because it was written by a man whose long career was capped by his appointment as a justice of the court of Common Pleas in 1466. A didactic work addressed primarily to students, it became a classic not only because of the simplicity of the exposition, but also because it laid out the foundations of land law in a 27 28 Sir John Baker, The Oxford History of the Laws of England, vol.

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