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The Rise and Fall of the English Ecclesiastical Courts, 1500–1860

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521869386

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  • The first history of ecclesiastical jurisdiction in England that covers the period up to the removal of principal subjects inherited from the Middle Ages. Probate, marriage and divorce, tithes, defamation, and disciplinary prosecutions involving the laity are all covered. All disappeared from the church's courts during the mid-nineteenth century, and were taken over by the royal courts. The book traces the steps and reasons - large and small - by which this occurred.

    • Clearly written and requires no legal expertise
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    "The author and editor have done a masterful job in using such a vast amount of original records in producing a readable and scholarly book..."
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521869386
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 164 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Table of parliamentary statutes
    1. The ecclesiastical courts: structures and procedures
    2. The business of the courts, 1500–1640
    3. Tithe causes
    4. Wills and testamentary causes
    5. Defamation
    6. Matrimonial litigation and marriage licenses
    7. Office causes
    8. The roots of expansion and critical voices
    9. Charting decline, 1640–1830
    10. Explaining decline
    11. The Bills of 1733–1734
    12. Snips and repairs: small steps to reform, 1753–1813
    13. Royal commissions and early fruits, 1815–1832
    14. Reform frustrated
    15. Reforms thick and fast, 1854–1860.

  • Author

    R. B. Outhwaite, University of Cambridge
    Late Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.


    Richard H. Helmholz, University of Chicago

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