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The Madman and the Churchrobber

Law and Conflict in Early Modern England

Jason Peacey

The Madman and the Churchrobber

The Madman and the Churchrobber

Law and Conflict in Early Modern England

The Madman and the Churchrobber

 

Peacey unearths and reconstructs a strange early modern dispute over a small estate in Gloucestershire that was contested over a period of 160 years, becoming acrimonious and violent. The microhistory represents the common forms of litigation which shed light upon political culture and ideological conflict around the time of the English Revolution.


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Beschrijving The Madman and the Churchrobber

This microhistory reconstructs and analyses a protracted legal dispute over a small parcel of land called Warrens Court in Nibley, Gloucestershire, which was contested between successive generations of two families from the mid-sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century. Employing a rich cache of archival material, Jason Peacey traces legal contestation over time and through a range of different courts, as well as in Parliament and the public domain, and
contends that a microhistorical approach makes it possible to shed valuable light upon the legal and political culture of early modern England, not least by comprehending how certain disputes became protracted and increasingly bitter, and why they fascinated contemporaries. This involves recognising the
dynamic of litigation, in terms of how disputes changed over time, and how those involved in myriad lawsuits found legal reasons for prolonging contestation. It also involves exploring litigants' strategies and practices, as well as competing claims about the way in which adversaries behaved, and incompatible expectations of the legal system. Finally, it involves teasing out the structural issues in play, in terms of the social, cultural, and ideological identities of successive generations.
Ultimately, this dispute is employed to address important historiographical debates surrounding the nature of civil litigation in early modern England, and to provide new ways of appreciating the nature, severity, and visibility of political and religious conflict in the decades before and after the
English Revolution.


ISBN
9780192897138
Pagina's
336
Verschenen
NUR
685
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Nieuwe geschiedenis (1500-1870)