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


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This chapter examines the law of torts related to defamation in England during the Tudor period. During this period, defamation was still almost exclusively within the province of the ecclesiastical courts, where it was the subject of suits for penance but not for damages, and this only changed around 1515. This chapter discusses specific cases of defamation filed during this period and analyses the legal bases of various court decisions. It also describes the factors that led to the evolution of the defamation law.

Keywords: defamation; law of torts; legal history; damages; penance

Chapter.  11882 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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