9780521642613

Law, Crime and English Society, 1660–1830

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521642613

  • ISBN10:

    0521642612

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-10-21
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This book examines how the law was made, defined, administered, and used in eighteenth-century England. A team of leading international historians explore the ways in which legal concerns and procedures came to permeate society and reflect on eighteenth-century concepts of corruption, oppression, and institutional efficiency. These themes are pursued throughout in a broad range of contributions which include studies of magistrates and courts; the forcible enlistment of soldiers and sailors; the eighteenth-century 'bloody code'; the making of law basic to nineteenth-century social reform; the populace's extension of law's arena to newspapers; theologians' use of assumptions basic to English law; Lord Chief Justice Mansfield's concept of the liberty intrinsic to England; and Blackstone's concept of the framework of English law. The result is an invaluable account of the legal bases of eighteenth-century society which is essential reading for historians at all levels.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
ix
Notes on Contributors x
Introduction
1(18)
Norma Landau
Part 1 Law
Dread of the Crown Office: the English magistracy and King's Bench, 1740--1800
19(27)
Douglas Hay
The trading Justice's trade
46(25)
Norma Landau
Impressment and the law in eighteenth-century Britain
71(26)
Nicholas Rogers
Part 2 Crime
War as a judicial resource. Press gangs and prosecution rates, 1740--1830
97(20)
Peter King
Making the `bloody code'? Forgery legislation in eighteenth-century England
117(22)
Randall Mcgowen
Mapping criminal law: Blackstone and the categories of English jurisprudence
139(26)
David Lieberman
Part 3 Society
After Somerset: Mansfield, slavery and the law in England, 1772--1830
165(20)
Ruth Paley
Religion and the law: evidence, proof and `matter of fact', 1660--1700
185(23)
Barbara Shapiro
The press and public apologies in eighteenth-century London
208(22)
Donna T. Andrew
Origins of the factory acts: the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act, 1802
230(26)
Joanna Innes
John M. Beattie's publications 256(2)
Index 258

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