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The Inns of Court under Elizabeth I and the Early Stuarts

The Inns of Court under Elizabeth I and the Early Stuarts

2nd Edition

$110.00 (F)

Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Publication planned for: January 2023
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2023
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108845380

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  • The Tudor and Stuart inns of court were major centres of learning and literature, as well as professional associations of practising lawyers. This book sketches the evolution of the inns from their medieval origins and traces the dramatic impact of the societies' rapid expansion through the Elizabethan era and beyond. Prest's comprehensive study based on original sources surveys the structure and functions of the inns, outlining key aspects, from tensions between junior and senior members to the nature and effectiveness of their educational role. Its lively prose locates the inns within the cultural, political, religious, and social context of Shakespearean and pre-civil war England. This corrected and revised second edition of a classic work addresses recent scholarship on the early modern inns of court and includes a new chapter introducing the book to twenty-first-century readers.

    • Comprehensive study of the structure and functions of early modern inns of court, both as law schools for future barristers and finishing schools for the ruling elite
    • Well-organized and clearly written in lively prose, offering readers an engaging account of the inns of court that places them within the cultural, political and social context of Shakespeare's England
    • Fully revised second edition that is updated with recent scholarship, offering relevant references and discussion points
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: January 2023
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108845380
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2023
  • Table of Contents

    1. Dimensions
    2. The quality of membership
    3. Ranks of membership
    4. Administration and government
    5. Discipline and disorder
    6. Learning the law
    7. Legal and liberal education
    8. Papists
    9. Preachers, puritans and the religion of lawyers
    10. The Inns of Court and the English revolution.

  • Author

    Wilfrid R. Prest, University of Adelaide
    Wilfrid R. Prest AM is Professor Emeritus of History and of Law at the University of Adelaide, a senior fellow of Queen's College in the University of Melbourne, and a member of the Council of the Selden Society. He has published widely on the social history of law and lawyers in early modern England.

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