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Prosecution and punishment : petty crime and the law in London and rural Middlesex, c. 1660-1725

Author: Robert Brink Shoemaker
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Series: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers an assessment of the social significance of the law in pre-industrial England.

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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Brink Shoemaker
ISBN: 0521400821 9780521400824 9780521068765 0521068762
OCLC Number: 22276156
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Stanford, 1986 under title: Crime, courts, and community.
Description: xviii, 351 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Background: 1. Introduction. Misdemeanors and society in preindustrial England --
The contexts : city and country in Middlesex, 1660-1725 --
The contours of this study --
2. Options for prosecution. Informal mediation by justices --
Recognizances --
Indictments --
The relationship between recognizances and indictments --
Summary conviction --
Flexibility in the choice of a procedure --
3. Patterns of prosecutions. The choice of a procedure --
Types of crime --
Year-to-year fluctuations --
pt. II. Procedures for prosecution: 4. Informal mediation by justices of the peace. Types of settlements --
Limits of mediation --
Informal mediation in an urban setting --
5. Binding over by recognizance. Offences --
Informal settlements --
Unsuccessful recognizances --
Other limitations --
6. Indictment at quarter sessions. Offences --
Dropped prosecutions --
Obstacles to prosecution --
Verdicts --
Punishments --
7. Houses of correction. "Loose, idle and disorderly" : offences punished in houses of correction --
Summary justice? --
Punishments --
Limitations --
pt. III. The contexts of misdemeanor prosecutions: 8. The participants : plaintiffs, defendants, and justices of the peace. Social status --
Gender --
Official plaintiffs --
Justices of the peace --
9. The reformation of manners campaign. Strategies for prosecution --
Judicial attitudes to the campaign --
10. Geographical contexts. Explaining the geographical distribution of prosecutions --
Urban-rural differences --
London : "an aggregate of various nations" --
11. Conclusion: Law and society in preindustrial England.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Responsibility: Robert B. Shoemaker.
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