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Law, crime, and English society, 1660-1830, edited by Norma Landau

This book examines how the law was made, defined, administered, and used in eighteenth-century England. A team of leading international historians explore the ways in which legal concerns and procedures came to permeate society and reflect on eighteenth-century concepts of corruption, oppression, and institutional efficiency. These themes are pursued throughout in a broad range of contributions which include studies of magistrates and courts; the forcible enlistment of soldiers and sailors; the eighteenth-century 'bloody code'; the making of law basic to nineteenth-century social reform; the populace's extension of law's arena to newspapers; theologians' use of assumptions basic to English law; Lord Chief Justice Mansfield's concept of the liberty intrinsic to England; and Blackstone's concept of the framework of English law. The result is an invaluable account of the legal bases of eighteenth-century society which is essential reading for historians at all levels.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Dread of the crown office: the English magistracy and King's Bench, 1740-1800 / Douglas Hay -- The trading justice's trade / Norma Landau -- Impressment and the law in eighteenth-century Britain / Nicholas Rogers -- War as a judicial resource. Press gangs and prosecution rates, 1740-1830 / Peter King -- Making the 'bloody code'? Forgery legislation in eighteenth-century England / Randall McGowen -- Mapping criminal law: Blackstone and the categories of English jurisprudence / David Lieberman -- After Somerset: Mansfield, slavery and the law in England, 1772-1830 / Ruth Paley -- Religion and the law: evidence, proof and 'matter of fact', 1660-1700 / Barbara Shapiro -- The press and public apologies in eighteenth-century London / Donna T. Andrew -- Origins of the factory acts: the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act, 1802 / Joanna Innes
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xii, 264 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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