CRIME, LAW AND SOCIETY IN THE LATER MIDDLE AGES

Edited by ANTHONY MUSSON, with EDWARD POWELL
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This annotated source collection offers a compelling portrait of how the English criminal justice system developed and functioned between c1215 and 1485, both in theory and practice. Documents both shed light on specific cases, famous and of purely local significance, as well as on conceptions of the law and of justice and corruption. The careers and social status of the growing corps of legal professionals are also examined, and the actual extent of criminality analysed. A glossary provides concise definitions of medieval legal terms.