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Law, Lawyers and Litigants in Early Modern England
Essays in Memory of Christopher W. Brooks

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Michael Lobban, Joanne Begiato, Adrian Green, Michael J. Braddick, David Sugarman, R. A. Houston, R. W. Hoyle, Phil Withington, Steve Hindle, John Walter, Peter Rushton, Craig Muldrew,Gwenda Morgan, C. W. Brooks.
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  • Date Published: January 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108740647

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  • Written in memory of Christopher W. Brooks, this collection of essays by prominent historians examines and builds on the scholarly legacy of the leading historian of early modern English law, society and politics. Brooks's work put legal culture and legal consciousness at the centre of our understanding of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English society, and the English common law tradition. The essays presented here develop a number of strands found in his work, and take them in new directions. They shed new light on central debates in the history of the common law, exploring how law was understood and used by different communities in early modern England, and examining how and why people engaged (or did not engage) in litigation. The volume also contains two hitherto unpublished essays by Christopher Brooks, which consider the relationship between law and religion and between law and political revolution in seventeenth-century England.

    • Offers an up-to-date assessment of the scholarship on early modern law, lawyers and litigants
    • Offers a summary and analysis of the late Christopher W. Brooks's contribution to early modern history
    • Brings together the usually separate fields of legal history and social history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The essays collected in Law, Lawyers, and Litigants in Early Modern England form a fitting tribute to legal historian Christopher W. Brooks and the tremendous impact his work has had on our understanding of law and society in early modern England.' Alison A. Chapman, The Journal of British Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108740647
    • length: 383 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Michael Lobban, Joanne Begiato and Adrian Green
    2. Christopher Brooks's contribution to early modern history Michael J. Braddick
    3. Law, law-consciousness and lawyers as constitutive of early modern England: Christopher W. Brooks's singular journey David Sugarman
    4. 'The hard rind of legal history': F. W. Maitland and the writing of late medieval and early modern British social history R. A. Houston
    5. Fountains of justice: James I, Charles I and equity R. W. Hoyle
    6. The Inns of Court, Renaissance, and the language of modernity Phil Withington
    7. The micro-spatial dynamics of litigation: the Chilvers Coton tithe dispute, Barrows vs. Archer (1657) Steve Hindle
    8. 'Law-mindedness': crowds, courts and popular knowledge of the law in early modern England John Walter
    9. Local laws, local principles: the paradoxes of local legal processes in early modern England Peter Rushton
    10. 'So now you are wed enough': clandestine unions in the north-west of England in the first half of the eighteenth century Joanne Begiato
    11. 'Blunderers and Blotters of the Law? The rise of conveyancing in the eighteenth century and long term socio-legal change' Craig Muldrew
    12. England and America: the role of the Justice of the Peace in County Durham, England and Richmond County, Virginia, in the eighteenth century Gwenda Morgan
    13. Law and architecture in early modern Durham Adrian Green
    14. Law and revolution: the seventeenth century English example C. W. Brooks
    15. Religion and law in early modern England C. W. Brooks.

  • Editors

    Michael Lobban, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Michael Lobban is the author of a number of works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English legal history. He was a colleague of Christopher W. Brooks' at the University of Durham, and co-edited the volume Community and Courts in Britain 1150–1900 (1997) with him.

    Joanne Begiato, Oxford Brookes University
    Joanne Begiato has published widely in the history of emotions, material culture, masculinities, family, parenting, and marriage. Her Ph.D. was supervised by Christopher W. Brooks at the University of Durham.

    Adrian Green, University of Durham
    Adrian Green studies the history of buildings, especially the relationship between architecture and society in England and English America between the Reformation and Industrial Revolution. His Ph.D. in Archaeology and History was supervised by Matthew H. Johnson and Christopher W. Brooks at the University of Durham.


    Michael Lobban, Joanne Begiato, Adrian Green, Michael J. Braddick, David Sugarman, R. A. Houston, R. W. Hoyle, Phil Withington, Steve Hindle, John Walter, Peter Rushton, Craig Muldrew,Gwenda Morgan, C. W. Brooks.

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