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

ISBN13: 9780198202585
ISBN: 019820258X
Published: May 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £54.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780198217640

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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
The business of the bar
demand and supply
group portrait
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 9780198217640
Published May 1986
Oxford University Press