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Oxford Legal History

The King's Felons

Church, State and Criminal Confinement in Early Tudor England

Margaret McGlynn

The King's Felons

Oxford Legal History

The King's Felons

Church, State and Criminal Confinement in Early Tudor England

Oxford Legal History: The King's Felons

 

The King's Felons examines the subtle development of criminal confinement as an alternative to capital punishment in early Tudor England. Providing the first detailed study of criminal justice in the early Tudor period, McGlynn highlights the Church's role and reframes our understanding of significant acts of the Reformation parliament.


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The King's Felons examines the subtle but intentional development of criminal confinement as an alternative to capital punishment in early Tudor England. As the judicial establishment looked for ways to enhance law and order without provoking political opposition, they increasingly turned to two traditional mitigations of criminal punishment: benefit of clergy and sanctuary.

Often reviled as corrupt clerical rights which served to undermine secular authority and the rule of law, benefit of clergy and sanctuary in fact provided the justices with room to manoeuvre, allowing them to punish a larger number of felons less harshly while avoiding political scrutiny. The King's Felons explores the evolution of this approach over a period of sixty years, allowing us to see not only the internal development of both law and process, but the ways in which the judicial
system responded to external pressures.

The dissolution of the monasteries between 1536 and 1540, together with the steady erosion of the wealth and power of the bishops, meant that the institutional and financial foundations on which the justices built this system began to crumble as it was reaching fruition. Over the next two decades they scrambled, with limited success, to secure some small vestiges of the system they had built. The epilogue connects the state of the system in the aftermath of this collapse to our existing
understanding of the system in the later part of the century.

Providing the first detailed study of criminal justice in the early Tudor period, The King's Felons highlights the role of the Church in the administration of criminal justice and reframes our understanding of many significant acts of the Reformation parliament. This book is a must-read for students and scholars of Tudor history, legal historians and those interested in the role of the church with regard to politics, law, and crime.


ISBN
9780192887689
Pagina's
392
Verschijnt
Serie
Oxford Legal History
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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