English Law and the Renaissance

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

English Law and the Renaissance

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This chapter examines the history of English law during the Renaissance. Though this period of intellectual revolution brought many striking changes in English society and culture, the common law of England seemed to have not changed at all. Many of the essential features of the constitution and of the law that were settled before the Battle of Bosworth were recognizably the same when Elizabeth I was crowned much later.

Keywords: English Law; renaissance; intellectual revolution; English constitution; judicial history

Chapter.  28195 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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