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The Law of Treason in England in the Later Middle Ages

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ISBN13: 9780521526388
ISBN: 0521526388
Published: January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 1970)
Price: £23.99



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Professor Bellamy places the theory of treason in its political setting and analyses the part it played in the development of legal and political thought in this period. He pays particular attention to the Statute of Treason of 1352, an act with a notable effect on later constitutional history and which, in the opinion of Edward Coke, had a legal importance second only to that of Magna Carta.

He traces the English law of treason to Roman and Germanic origins, and discusses the development of royal attitudes towards rebellion, the judicial procedures used to try and condemn suspected traitors, and the interaction of the law of treason and constitutional ideas.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Editor's preface
Preface
List of abbreviations
1. The medieval concept of treason
2. The treatise writers and the English law of treason at the end of the thirteenth century
3. The origins of the English state trial
4. The great statute of treasons
5. The scope of treason, 1352-1485
6. Treason before the courts, 1352-1485
7. The origins and the early history of the Act of Attainder
8. Treason and the constitution
Appendixes
Select bibliography
Index.