Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages
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Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages by Anthony Musson
Book DescriptionThis book provides an accessible collection of translated legal sources through which the exploits of criminals and developments in the English criminal justice system (c.1215-1485) can be studied. Drawing on the wealth of archival material and an array of contemporary literary texts, it guides readers towards an understanding of prevailing notions of law and justice and expectations of the law and legal institutions. Tensions are shown emerging between theoretical ideals of justice and the practical realities of administering the law during an era profoundly affected by periodic bouts of war, political in-fighting, social dislocation and economic disaster. Introductions and notes provide both the specific and wider legal, social and political contexts in addition to offering an overview of the existing secondary literature and historiographical trends. This collection affords a valuable insight into the character of medieval governance as well as revealing the complex nexus of interests, attitudes and relationships prevailing in society during the later Middle Ages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780719038020
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anthony Musson
Making Legal History, Hardback (January 2012)
The first book to address the way that the broad and inclusive subject of legal history is researched and written.
Medieval Law in Context, Paperback (May 2001)
This is an examination of how medieval people at all social levels thought about law, justice and politics, as well as their role in society. The author provides a history of judicial developments in the 13th and 14th centuries and considers the intellectual history in the period.
Evolution of English Justice, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Anthony Musson
A presentation of the outline of the debate and different schools of thought that are seen to have motivated the development of a coherent system of justice in England during the fourteenth century. The text is designed for undergraduate students of history and politics and is part of the BRITISH STUDIES series.
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Author Biography - Anthony Musson
Anthony Musson is Professor of Legal History at the University of Exeter. Edward Powell is a practising solicitor and former Fellow of Downing College Cambridge
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