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[The experience of law and government shifted in the course of the eighteenth century with large adjustments to the legal instruments and processes of power. There were significant modifications in the structures and procedures of local authorities; a major decline in the reach of civil...
[In the villages, towns and cities of medieval and Tudor-Stuart England, men and women usually encountered law and authority in judicial forms. This was because governance was conceived primarily as obedience to the law, and the law was typically administered in courts: institutions whose...
[Almost Everyman — and more women than expected — went to law in England before the eighteenth century. Civil litigation was a common, almost universal experience in some areas, and many people appeared as prosecutors of suits as well as defendants, at least above the level of the desperately...
[There is abundant evidence of unprecedented public sensitivity to crime in eighteenth-century England. Certainly the mushroom growth of London, the repeated social and economic disturbances caused by the return of soldiers and sailors from wars, and the supposedly corrupting effects of...
[Although not all the initiatives which were transforming the administration of justice between 1690 and 1820 were implemented in the form of legislation, it should be clear from much of what I have written about local government and ‘law enforcement’ that acts of parliament had an unprecedented...
[In this book I have attempted to provide a fresh perspective on law and government in the eighteenth century by discussing changes in their cultures, processes and structures as they involved or impacted upon the people of England, especially relatively ordinary people. It is appropriate now to...
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