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Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages

Manchester Medieval Sources

Edited by Anthony Musson
Translated by Anthony Musson, Edward Powell
Series edited by Rosemary Horrox, Simon MacLean
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Mar 2009
Dimensions: w 135mm h 213mm d 23mm
Weight: 385g
ISBN-10: 0719038022
ISBN-13: 9780719038020
Barcode No: 9780719038020
This book provides an accessible collection of translated legal sources through which the exploits of criminals and developments in the English criminal justice system (c.1215-1485) can be studied. Drawing on the wealth of archival material and an array of contemporary literary texts, it guides readers towards an understanding of prevailing notions of law and justice and expectations of the law and legal institutions. Tensions are shown emerging between theoretical ideals of justice and the practical realities of administering the law during an era profoundly affected by periodic bouts of war, political in-fighting, social dislocation and economic disaster. Introductions and notes provide both the specific and wider legal, social and political contexts in addition to offering an overview of the existing secondary literature and historiographical trends. This collection affords a valuable insight into the character of medieval governance as well as revealing the complex nexus of interests, attitudes and relationships prevailing in society during the later Middle Ages. -- .

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