Law and Order in Historical Perspective: The Case of Elizabethan Essex presents a brief description of what happened in the 16th-century criminal justice system from the commission of a felony until the disposition of the case occurred. This book discusses how criminal law actually operated in a community and how the system of the criminal justice was administered. Organized into two parts encompassing four chapters, this book begins with an overview of the statistics of crime and criminals in 16th-century England. This text then examines the law-enforcement machinery in Essex. Other chapters consider how officials view law, which determines the procedures they follow in executing it. This book discusses as well the institutional effectiveness of courts. The final chapter deals with reconstructing the system of criminal justice in Elizabethan Essex. This book is a valuable resource for historians. Students and readers who are connected professionally to the law will also find this book useful.
Prologue An English "Goshen"
Part I The Statistics of Crime
Chapter I. Crime and Criminals
Part II The Criminal Justice System
Chapter II. Crime, Society, and the Law
Chapter III. The Justices of the Peace and Their Helpers
Chapter IV. The Emergence of Modern Courts
Conclusion The Larger Picture
Appendix I Crime Distribution in Elizabethan Essex
Appendix II Disposition of Cases
Appendix III Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan Essex
Appendix IV The Justices of the Peace
Appendix V Modernization of Elizabethan Criminal Courts
Appendix VI Relationship of Harvest Abundance and Crimes
Appendix VII Raw Data for Chapters I and II
- No. of pages:
- © Academic Press 1974
- 28th January 1974
- Academic Press
- eBook ISBN:
University of Michigan, U.S.A.
University of Toronto, Canada