Privileges and Immunities

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

Privileges and Immunities

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This chapter examines legal privileges and immunities in criminal law in England during the Tudor period. The working of the criminal law in the early Tudor period was dominated by the two great ecclesiastical privileges of clergy and sanctuary. They were introduced as a way to protect sanctified places and ordained clergy from sacrilegious interference by secular authority. By the mid-16th century, sanctuary was abolished, while statutory modifications of clergy were turning it into a vehicle for the adjustment of punishment to fit the crime.

Keywords: legal privileges; legal immunity; criminal law; ecclesiastical privileges; punishment; clery; sanctuary

Chapter.  12561 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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