Treason and Offences against Public Order

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

Treason and Offences against Public Order

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This chapter discusses criminal law relating to treason and offences against public order in England during the Tudor period. Evidence suggests that in treason trials, judges and lawyers were chiefly concerned with forms and procedures, leaving the larger questions to juries. The law of treason at the end of the 15th century was governed by the Treason Act of 1351, the principal forms of high treason being compassing or imagining the death of the king, levying war against the king in his realm, and adhering to the king's enemies.

Keywords: treason; public order; criminal law; legal history; king; Treason Act

Chapter.  8233 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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