The Criminal Trial In Later Medieval England

Author: John G. Bellamy
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802042958
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The Criminal Trial In Later Medieval England from the Author: John G. Bellamy. This book represents the first full-length study of the English criminal trial in a crucial period of its development (1300-1550). Based on prime source material, The Criminal Trial in Later Medieval England uses legal treatises, contemporary reports of instructive cases, chancery rolls, state papers and court files and rolls to reconstruct the criminal trial in the later medieval and early Tudor periods. There is particular emphasis on the accusation process (studied in depth here for the first time, showing how it was, in effect, a trial within a trial); the discovery of a veritable revolution in conviction rates between the early fifteenth century and the later sixteenth (why this revolution occurred is explained in detail); the nature and scope of the most prevalent types of felony in the period; and the startling contrast between the conviction rate and the frequency of actual punishment. The role of victims, witnesses, evidence, jurors, justices and investigative techniques are analysed. John Bellamy is one of the foremost scholars in the field of English criminal justice and in The Criminal Trial in Later Medieval England gives a masterful account of what the medieval legal process involved. He guides the reader carefully through the maze of disputed and controversial issues, and makes clear to the non-specialist why these disputes exist and what their importance is for a fuller understanding of medieval criminal law. Those with a special interest in medieval law, as well as all those interested in how society deals with crime, will appreciate Professor Bellamy's clarity and wisdom and his careful blend of critical overview and new insights.

The Criminal Jury Old And New

Author: John Hostettler
Publisher: Waterside Press
ISBN: 1904380115
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The Criminal Jury Old And New from the Author: John Hostettler. This text looks at great historical, political, social and legal landmarks to show how the jury evolved to become a key democratic institution resisting attacks, pressure, interference, legal imperatives, and on occasion, apparently compelling law or evidence. Bridging past and present, the author conveys the unique nature of the jury, its central role in the administration of justice and its importance as a barrier to manipulation, oppression and abuse.

Stolen Women In Medieval England

Author: Caroline Dunn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107017009
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Stolen Women In Medieval England from the Author: Caroline Dunn. The first comprehensive exploration of women's multifaceted experiences of forced and consensual ravishment in medieval England.

Jury State And Society In Medieval England

Author: James Masschaele
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230607798
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Jury State And Society In Medieval England from the Author: James Masschaele. This book portrays the great variety of work that medieval English juries carried out while highlighting the dramatic increase in demands for jury service that occurred during this period.

Late Medieval England 1377 1485

Author: Joel Thomas Rosenthal
Publisher: Western Michigan Univ Medieval
ISBN: 9781879288164
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Late Medieval England 1377 1485 from the Author: Joel Thomas Rosenthal.

Gender And Petty Crime In Late Medieval England

Author: Karen Jones
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 9781843832164
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Gender And Petty Crime In Late Medieval England from the Author: Karen Jones. First full-length study of the relations between gender and crime in late medieval England.

The Letter Of The Law

Author: Emily Steiner
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801487705
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The Letter Of The Law from the Author: Emily Steiner. Scholars have long been aware of the looming presence of law in medieval English literature, from Christ as a litigious redemptor to Chaucer?s deal-making Host in The Canterbury Tales. Most scholarly work on the subject has been confined either to tracking down representations of legal practices in texts or to examining formal questions relating to legal discourse. In a groundbreaking departure, The Letter of the Law suggests that law and literature should be understood as parallel forms of discourse?at times complementary, at times antagonistic, but always mutually illuminating. Emily Steiner and Candace Barrington maintain that medievalists are uniquely placed to make valuable new contributions to the subject of law and literature, in part because of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the study of medieval law, inseparable as it was from political theory and theology. The editors bring together medievalists from all over North America to explore the development of vernacular English literature within the context of legal discourse, practice, and conflict. Treating texts as varied as Chaucer?s Knight?s Tale, the fifteenth-century Robin Hood ballads, and William Thorpe?s account of his own heresy trial, the nine never-before-published essays in this volume reveal the intersections of legal and documentary culture with vernacular literary production. They establish that law and English literature were intimately bound up in processes of institutional, linguistic, and social change, and they explain how the specific conditions of medieval law and literature offer useful models in studying later periods. An appendix contains a translation by Andrew Galloway of History or Narration Concerning the Manner and Form of the Miraculous Parliament at Westminster in the Year 1386.

Forensic Medicine And Death Investigation In Medieval England

Author: Sara M. Butler
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317610253
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Forensic Medicine And Death Investigation In Medieval England from the Author: Sara M. Butler. England has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest as a lens, this book hopes to offer a fresh perspective on the process of death investigation in medieval England. The central premise of this book is that medical practitioners did participate in death investigation – although not in every inquest, or even most, and not necessarily in those investigations where we today would deem their advice most pertinent. The medieval relationship with death and disease, in particular, shaped coroners' and their jurors' understanding of the inquest's medical needs and led them to conclusions that can only be understood in context of the medieval world's holistic approach to health and medicine. Moreover, while the English resisted Southern Europe's penchant for autopsies, at times their findings reveal a solid understanding of internal medicine. By studying cause of death in the coroners' reports, this study sheds new light on subjects such as abortion by assault, bubonic plague, cruentation, epilepsy, insanity, senescence, and unnatural death.

Outlaws And Highwaymen

Author: Gillian Spraggs
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN:
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Outlaws And Highwaymen from the Author: Gillian Spraggs. A riveting study of English robbers of history and legend. In the modern imagination, the highwayman is a figure on horseback in a three-cornered hat who holds up a mail-coach with pistols. But England has a long legendary history of robber heroes that goes back well before Dick Turpin and Robin Hood. This lively and informative book draws on street ballads and social commentary, gossip and high literature, popular anecdotes and criminal biographies in charting the images of the highway robber across eight centuries.

Crime And Justice In Late Medieval Italy

Author: Trevor Dean
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139466151
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Crime And Justice In Late Medieval Italy from the Author: Trevor Dean. In this important study, Trevor Dean examines the history of crime and criminal justice in Italy from the mid-thirteenth to the end of the fifteenth century. The book contains studies of the most frequent types of prosecuted crime such as violence, theft and insult, along with the rarely prosecuted sorcery and sex crimes. Drawing on a diverse and innovative range of sources, including legislation, legal opinions, prosecutions, chronicles and works of fiction, Dean demonstrates how knowledge of the history of criminal justice can illuminate our wider understanding of the Middle Ages. Issues and instruments of criminal justice reflected the structure and operation of state power; they were an essential element in the evolution of cities and they provided raw material for fictions. Furthermore, the study of judicial records provides insight into a wide range of social situations, from domestic violence to the oppression of ethnic minorities.