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The Rise of the Barristers: A Social History of the English Bar 1590-1640

ISBN13: 9780198217640
ISBN: 0198217641
Published: May 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £135.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780198202585

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Barristers constituted probably 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. The author systematically examines the effects on the pattern of 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.

Legal History
List of tables
The Business of the Bar
Demand and Supply
Group Porttrait
Lawyers and Letters
Government and Politics
Law, Lawyers and Litigants

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History

The Rise of the Barristers: A Social History of the English Bar 1590-1640 ISBN 9780198202585
Published May 1991
Oxford University Press