Crime and Law in England, 1750–1840

Crime and Law in England, 1750–1840

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How was law made in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? Through detailed studies of what the courts actually did, Peter King argues that parliament and the Westminster courts played a less important role in the process of law making than is usually assumed. Justice was often remade from the margins by magistrates, judges and others at the local level. His book also focuses on four specific themes - gender, youth, violent crime and the attack on customary rights. In doing so it highlights a variety of important changes - the relatively lenient treatment meted out to women by the late eighteenth century, the early development of the juvenile reformatory in England before 1825, i.e. before similar changes on the continent or in America, and the growing intolerance of the courts towards everyday violence. This study is invaluable reading to anyone interested in British political and legal history.After quoting the case of John Strickland, who had just been kept in prison for six days a#39;without any proof against hima#39; and ... attempt to lay down the law on this issue may have briefly influenced the relevant entry in Burna#39;s justicing manual.

Title:Crime and Law in England, 1750–1840
Author:Peter King
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006-12-07


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