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Common Peace Participation and the Criminal Law in Seventeenth-Century England

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ISBN-10: 0521375878

ISBN-13: 9780521375870

Edition: 2000

Authors: Cynthia B. Herrup, Anthony Fletcher, John Guy, John Morrill

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The Common Peace traces the attitudes behind the enforcement of the criminal law in early modern England. Focusing on five stages in prosecution (arrest, bail, indictment, conviction and sentencing), the book uses a variety of types of sources - court records, biographical information, state papers, legal commentaries, popular and didactic literature - to reconstruct who actually enforced the criminal law and what values they brought to its enforcement. A close study of the courts in eastern Sussex between 1592 and 1640 allows Dr Herrup to show that an amorphous collection of modest property holders participated actively in the legal process. These yeomen and husbandmen who appeared as…    
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Book details

List price: $37.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/25/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of figures and tables
Abbreviations and conventions
The criminal law in early modern England
The setting
Judicial power and cooperation in eastern Sussex
From crime to criminal accusation
From accusation to indictment
From indictment to conviction
Becoming a criminal
The common peace
Summary of sampled courts
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