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Images and cultures of law in early modern England : justice and political power, 1558-1660

Author: Paul Raffield
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book offers a unique interpretation of the hidden culture of the early modern legal profession and its influence on the development of the English constitution. It locates an alternative site of political sovereignty in the legal communities at the Inns of Court in London, examining the signs of legitimacy by which they sought to validate the claim that common law represented sovereign constitutional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Raffield
ISBN: 0521827396 9780521827393
OCLC Number: 55092964
Description: ix, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Eating, learning, and revering the law : oral traditions and the religious inheritance --
Architecture and heraldry : bodies of law, myth and honour --
Revels, feasting, and role-playing : dreamland, drunkenness, and the Utopian state --
The theatre of law : dramatic symbols of crown, common law, and the ancient constitution --
Reformation, regulation, and the image : the English state and the subject of law --
Common lawyers, fundamental law, and the idolatrous mask of Charles I --
Interregnum : Lex, ius, and de facto government.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Responsibility: Paul Raffield.
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'This revealing work offers an original interpretation of early legal culture and emphasises the historic powers of the Inns of Court.' The Times

 
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