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The Evolution of English Justice: Law, Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century

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W. M. OrmrodProfessor of Medieval History, University of York, Anthony MussonAssociate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York

ISBN13: 9780333676714
ISBN: 0333676718
Published: November 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £31.99

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The importance of the 14th century for the development of English law has long been recognized. The shocks and challenges of that period, the murder of the incompetent Edward II, Edward III's ever escalating military demands for the war in France, and the unparalleled disaster of the Black Death gave English society a trauma that found its ultimate expression in Lollardy and the Peasants' Revolt. Out of this ferment came the evolution of a system of justice still substantially recognizable today. The aim of this text is to present the main outline of the debate and the different schools of thought, and to suggest the best ways by which students can understand a crucial subject, and how this should help illuminate many other aspects of English society during the reigns of Edward II, Edward III and Richard II.

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Legal History
Preface - List of Abbreviations - Introduction: The Evolution of English Justice - Royal Justice at the Centre - Royal Justice in the Provinces - External Influences on the Evolution of Justice - Internal Influences on the Evolution of Justice - Conclusion: Attitudes to Justice - Select Bibliography - Notes - Index