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Liberty against the law : some seventeenth-century controversies

Author: Christopher Hill
Publisher: London : Allen Lane ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the plays and popular folklore of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are many expressions of liberty against the law. Taking this literary theme as his starting point, Christopher Hill examines how seventeenth-century society and its laws looked to the mass of the landless and lawless classes. The colourful beggars and highwaymen of The Jovial Crew and The Beggar's Opera voice the paradoxical claim that
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Hill, Christopher, 1912-2003.
Liberty against the law.
London : Allen Lane ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1996
(OCoLC)605093609
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hill
ISBN: 0713991194 9780670871599 9780713991192 0670871591
OCLC Number: 35145320
Description: x, 354 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Introduction. 1. From A Jovial Crew (1641) to The Beggar's Opera (1728). 2. Customary Liberties and Legal Rights --
II. Lawlessness. 3. Vagabonds. 4. The Poor and Wage Labour. 5. Robin Hood. 6. Robin Hood, Possessive Individualism and the Norman Yoke. 7. Forests and Venison, Game Laws and Poachers. 8. Smugglers. 9. Pirates. 10. Highwaymen. 11. 'Gypsy Liberty' --
III. Imperial Problems. 12. 'Going Native': 'The Noble Savage'. 13. Impressment and Empire --
IV. Christian Liberty. 14. The Ambiguities of Protestantism. 15. Church Courts and Fees. 16. Marriage and Parish Registers. 17. The Mosaic Law and the Priesthood of All Believers. 18. Antinomianism --
V. Society, Law and Liberty. 19. History and the Law. 20. Liberty and Equality: Who are the People? 21. Whose law? and whose liberty? 22. 'Away with Lawyers!' --
VI. Aftermath. 23. Gerrard Winstanley: The Law of Freedom. 24. The Society of Friends and the Law. 25. Apocalypse and After. 26. John Clare, 1793-1864. 27. Some Conclusions.
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