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Kings, Barons and Justices: The Making and Enforcement of Legislation in Thirteenth-Century England - Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series (Hardback)
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Kings, Barons and Justices: The Making and Enforcement of Legislation in Thirteenth-Century England - Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 534 Pages / Published: 07/08/2003
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This book is a study of two important and related pieces of thirteenth-century English legislation - the Provisions of Westminster of 1259 and the Statute of Marlborough of 1267 - and is the first on any of the statutes of this period of major legislative change. The Provisions of Westminster were the first major legislation enacted in England after Magna Carta, when Henry III surrendered control of government to a baronial council with an agenda of institutional reform. The Provisions were revised and reissued by the king in 1263, and a further revision in 1267 produced the Statute of Marlborough. Exceptionally good surviving documentation is used to follow the evolution of the individual clauses from initial suggestions for reform, through a series of drafts, to the various versions of the final texts.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521372466
Number of pages: 534
Weight: 880 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Paul Brand is rightly considered to be among the foremost scholars of medieval English legal history working today, and this book demonstrates why ... Brand provides a meticulous and perceptive analysis of the workings of royal justice, drawing on an impressive array of published and unpublished materials ... This book is not for the general reader, but anyone who seeks a better understanding of how law, legislation and juridical administration work in practice will find this a well-written, perceptive, intelligent and frequently stimulating piece of research, with important new insights, and with a focus that seeks to encompass a wide range of social, political and legal issues.' Bjoern Weiler, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
'This work is built upon a deep understanding of a very substantial, and often intractable, archive: indeed, few, if any, previous commentators have had such a command of the primary material as Brand ... never before has the historical background to crucial developments in English common law been so revealingly and sensitively elucidated ... richly rewarding ... a fundamental examination of the medieval legislative process and a major contribution to our understanding of politics and law in thirteenth-century England.' Brian Golding, University of Southampton
"This book provides a detailed reconstruction of the enactment and enforcement of the two most important English statutes enacted during the reign of Henry III (1216-72): the Provisions of Westminster (1259) and the Statute of Marlborough (1267)." Albion, R. H. Helmholz
"Brand's book shows why no one before him has given this legislation the attention that it deserves. To do what he has done requires a mastery of a formidable range of unplublished sources." - Charles Donahue, Jr., Harvard University

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