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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators and Probate

Edited by: Alexander Learmonth, Charlotte Ford, Julia Clark, John Ross Martyn
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Justice Upon Petition

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ISBN13: 9780049422025
ISBN: 0049422022
Published: October 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This book traces the evolution of the House of Lords as a court for private litigation during the critically important years from 1621 to 1675. It offers new insights into contemporary politics, government and religion, adding an important dimension to our understanding of the history of the House orf Lords.;""Justice Upon Peition"" is primary reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students on courses on early Stuart England, the Civil War and Restoration history; it will also be of interest to those on outline courses of the period and professional historians.;""Justice Upon Peition"" is the first study to focus on the House of Lords as a court of law, offering the reader an entirely new perspective on the critical legal issues dominating the period. The book draws upon the large archive of legal records situated in the House of Lords Records Office. It is written in a clear, concise style and is full of fascinating insights into James I, Ship Money and the politcs of the Earl of Shaftesbury, among others.

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The 1620s - the remaking of a court - litigants and litigation, the causes of public discontent, the Lords' response - procedure and practice; the Long Parliament - looking back - the general problem, conflicts over religion, raising revenue - Ship Money and Coat and Conduct Money, private property and personal liberty; the Long Parliament (ii) - old problems in new cases - the legal system at large, special problems - Chancery, Wards and the Exchequer, arbitration; the Long Parliament (iii) - the King's Council in Parliament - the decline of the Privy council, the abolition of the prerogative courts, maintaining the public peace; the Long Parliament (iv) - the war years - division and disruption, the law betrayed - the demands of Civil war, the court under seige; the court restored - the convention parliament - law and the politics and reconciliation, the Cavalier Parliament - at work and under fire.