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Law Courts and Lawyers in the City of London 1300–1550

Law Courts and Lawyers in the City of London 1300–1550

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521866682

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  • Between 1300 and 1550, London's courts were the most important English lay law courts outside Westminster. They served the most active and innovative of the local jurisdictions in which custom combined with the common law to produce different legal remedies from those contemporaneously available in the central courts. More importantly for the long term, not only did London's practices affect other local courts, but they influenced the development of the national common law, and quite possibly the development of the legal profession itself. This 2007 book provides a detailed account, accessible to non-legal historians, of the administration of the law by the medieval and early modern city of London. In analysing the workings of London's laws and law courts and the careers of those who worked in them, it shows how that administration, and those involved in it, helped to shape the modern English law.

    • Sets developments of London law and custom into their social, economic and historical context
    • Provides a comparative account of London law and custom with that of the central and other local courts which enables legal historians to identify differences and similarities and to see why they existed
    • Examines the backgrounds of both laymen and legal specialists, who undertook legal functions in London's courts and in the case of legal representatives makes comparisons with the backgrounds of other courts
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    'This is an important book. Required reading not just for all those with an interest in later medieval London but also all those with an interest in English medieval legal history.' Law and History Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521866682
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The administration of law
    2. The distinctiveness of city law and custom
    3. The city lawcourts
    4. The administration of the law in the city's courts: I
    5. The administration of the law in the city's courts: II
    6. Judges, jurors and litigants
    7. The city's law officers
    8. Legal representation in the city
    9. The effectiveness of the administration of the law by the city
    10. Interchange and exchange between the city and the common law

  • Author

    Penny Tucker
    Dr Penny Tucker now works in Devon as a designer, but continues to research history and to write part-time.

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