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Kings, Barons and Justices
The Making and Enforcement of Legislation in Thirteenth-Century England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025850

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  • This book consists of a study of two important and related pieces of thirteenth-century English legislation--the Provisions of Westminster of 1259 and the Statute of Marlborough of 1267. In establishing the political and legal context of these statutes and examining the process of drafting them, the volume utilizes an exceptionally wide range of manuscript sources. Revealing how the legislation was used and interpreted up to 1307, it is the first major work on any of the statutes in this period of major legislative change.

    • A major new analysis of two of the most important documents in English legislative history, never before examined in such detail
    • Explains a highly technical subject clearly for historians of medieval England and for legal and constitutional historians
    • Based on very extensive original research in manuscript sources, many of which are analysed and reproduced for the first time
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book provides a detailed reconstruction of the enactment and enforcement of the two most important English statutes enacted during the reign of Henry III (1216-72): the Provisions of Westminster (1259) and the Statute of Marlborough (1267)." Albion, R. H. Helmholz

    "Brand's book shows why no one before him has given this legislation the attention that it deserves. To do what he has done requires a mastery of a formidable range of unplublished sources." - Charles Donahue, Jr., Harvard University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025850
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Politics and the Legislative Reform of the Common Law:
    1. The making of the Provisions of Westminster: the process of drafting and their political context
    2. The making of the Provisions of Westminster: the social and legal context and the evolution of the individual clauses (i)
    3. The making of the Provisions of Westminster: the social and legal context and the evolution of the individual clauses (ii)
    4. Enforcement of the Provisions of Westminster during the initial stages of their existence, 1259–63
    5. The revision and reissuing of the Provisions, 1263–4
    6. The revised Provisions in action, 1263–7
    7. The final revision and reissue of the Provisions of Westminster: the Statute of Marlborough of 1267
    Part II. Beyond Politics: The Enforcement and Interpretation of the Statute of Marlborough in the Courts, 1267–1307:
    8. Contra formam feoffamenti: the statutory action for tenants contesting liability to suit of court after 1267
    9. Other mechanisms for the enforcement of chapter nine
    other reforms affecting the lord-tenant relationship
    10. Reforms in the criminal justice system
    11. Reforms in the procedures of the Royal Courts
    12. The extension of existing remedies
    13. Enforcing the accountability of socage guardians
    14. Controlling the use of distraint
    15. Remedying abuses in the operation of local courts
    16. Conclusions

  • Author

    Paul Brand, All Souls College, Oxford
    Dr Paul Brand is Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.

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