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Lawyers, litigation, and English society since 1450

Lawyers, litigation, and English society since 1450

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  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): C. W. Brooks
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: London ; Rio Grande, Ohio : Hambledon Press, 1998
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Type: Book
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.org.uk/lawyers-litigation-and-english-society-since-1450/ (Stable identifier)

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X, 274 pages : ILlustrations ; 24 cm

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Useful for students learning an area of law, Lawyers, litigation, and English society since 1450 is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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  • Responsable Person: Christopher W. Brooks.
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 8 editions
  • First edition Date: 1998
  • Last edition Date: 1998
  • Languages: British English
  • Library of Congress Code: KD532
  • Dewey Code: 349.42
  • ISBN: 1852851562 9781852851569
  • OCLC: 37862762

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Legal history has usually been written in terms of writs and legislation, and the development of legal doctrine. Christopher Brooks, in this series of essays roughly half of which are previously unpublished, approaches the law from two different angles: the uses made of courts and the fluctuations in the fortunes of the legal profession. Based on extensive original research, his work has helped to redefine the parameters of British legal history, away from procedural development and the refinement of legal doctrine and towards the real impact that the law had in society. He also places the law into a wider social and political context, showing how changes in the law often reflected, but at the same time influenced, changes in intellectual assumptions and political thought.
Lawyers as a profession flourished in the second half of the sixteenth century and throughout the seventeenth century. This great age of lawyers was followed by a decline in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, reflecting both a decline in litigation and the perception of the law as slow, artificially complicated and ruinously expensive.
In Lawyers, Litigation and Society, 1450-1900, Christopher Brooks also looks at the sorts of cases brought before different courts, showing why particular courts were used and for what reasons, as well as showing why the popularity of individual courts changed over the years.

Main Contents

Litiganta and attorneys in the king's bench and common pleas, 1560-1640
Interpersonal conflict and social tension: civil litigation in England, 1640-1830
Litigation and society in England, 1200-1996
The decline and rise of the English legal profession, 1700-1850
Apprenticeship and legal training in England, 1700-1850
Law, lawyers and the social history of England, 1500-1800
The place of Magna Carta and the 'ancient constitution' in sixteenth-century English legal thought
Professions, idology and the 'middling sort of people', 1550-1650.

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