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Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court

Edited by: Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, Sarah Knight

ISBN13: 9780719082368
Published: January 2011
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
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The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court is an interdisciplinary collection of essays on an important but overlooked aspect of early modern English life: the artistic and intellectual patronage of the Inns of Court and their influence on religion, politics, education, rhetoric, and culture from the late fifteenth through the early eighteenth centuries.

This period witnessed the height of the Inns' status as educational institutions: emerging from fairly informal associations in the fourteenth century, the Inns of Court in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had developed sophisticated curricula for their students, leading to their description in the early seventeenth century as England's 'third university'.

Some of the most influential politicians, writers, and divines - as well as lawyers - of Tudor and Stuart England passed through the Inns: men such as Edward Hall, Richard Hooker, John Webster, John Selden, Edward Coke, William Lambarde, Francis Bacon, and John Donne.

This is the first interdisciplinary publication on the early modern Inns of Court, bringing together scholarship in history, art history, literature, and drama. The collection presents innovative research and new archival discoveries which shed fresh light on life at the Inns. It features specially-commissioned work on the architecture and gardens of the Inns as well as their patronage of the visual arts. The contributors to the collection represent the leading scholars in their respective disciplines.

The book is lavishly illustrated and provides a unique collection of visual sources for the architecture, art, and gardens of the early modern Inns.

Legal History, Inns of Court
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight
Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight
1. The third university 1450-1550: Law school or finishing school?:
J. H. Baker
I. History: Education, Religion, Politics, and the Law
Introduction: education, religion, politics, and law at the early modern Inns of Court:
Jayne Elisabeth Archer
2. The Inner Temple revels (1561-62) and the Elizabethan rhetoric of signs: Legal iconography at the early modern Inns of Court:
Paul Raffield
3. Gospel, law, and ars prædicandi at the Inns of Court, c.1570-c.1640:
Hugh Adlington
4. The Inns of Court and the common law mind: The case of James Whitelocke:
Damian X. Powell
5. The sinful history of mine own youth: John Donne preaches at Lincoln’s Inn
Emma Rhatigan
6. Readers dinners and the culture of the early modern Inns of Court:
Wilfrid Prest
II. Art, Architecture, and Gardens
Introduction: the art, architecture, and gardens of the early modern Inns of Court:
Elizabeth Goldring
7. The halls of the Elizabethan and early Stuart Inns of Court:
Mark Girouard
8. Professional pride and personal agendas: Portraits of judges, lawyers, and members of the Inns of Court, 1560-1630:
Tarnya Cooper
9. The evolution of the early gardens of the Inns of Court:
Paula Henderson
10. The rebuilding of the Inns of Court, 1660-1700:
Geoffrey Tyack
III. Literature and Drama
Introduction: literature and drama at the early modern Inns of Court:
Sarah Knight
11. Lyric poetry at the early Elizabethan Inns of Court: Forming a professional community:
Jessica Winston
12. The evidential plot: Shakespeare and Gascoigne at Grays Inn:
Lorna Hutson
13. Locating The Comedy of Errors: Revels jurisdiction at the Inns of Court:
Bradin Cormack
14. Law sports and the night of errors: Shakespeare at the Inns of Court:
Richard McCoy
15. New light on drama, music, and dancing at the Inns of Court to 1642:
Alan H. Nelson
Select bibliography of secondary criticism