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Law, Crime and English Society, 1660-1830

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Edited by: Norma Landau

ISBN13: 9780521642613
ISBN: 0521642612
Published: May 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99



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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.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
1. Introduction Norma Landau
Part I. Law:
2. Dread of the Crown Office: the magistracy and King's Bench 1740-1800 Douglas Hay
3. The trading justice's trade Norma Landau
4. Impressment and the law in eighteenth-century Britain Nicholas Rogers
Part II. Crime:
5. 'Press gangs are better magistrates than the Middlesex justices.' Young offenders, press gangs and prosecution strategies in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century England Peter King
6. Making the 'bloody code'? Forgery legislation in eighteenth-century England Randall McGowen
7. Mapping the criminal law: Blackstone and the categories of English jurisprudence David Lieberman
Part III. Society:
8. After Somerset: Mansfield, slavery and the law in England, 1772-1830 Ruth Paley
9. Religion and the law: evidence, proof and 'matter of fact' 1660-1700 Barbara Shapiro
10. The press and public apologies in eighteenth-century London Donna Andrew
11. Origins of the factory acts: the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act 1802 Joanna Innes.