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Author Palmer, Robert C., 1947- author.

Title English law in the age of the Black Death, 1348-1381 : a transformation of governance and law / Robert C. Palmer
Published Chapel Hill ; London : The University of North Carolina Press, [1993]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 452 pages)
Series Studies in legal history
Studies in legal history.
Contents pt. 1. The upper orders drew together into a more cohesive government -- pt. 2. To facilitate or coerce the upper orders to stand to their obligations -- pt. 3. And to coerce the lower orders to stand to their obligations -- pt. 4. Appendix 1. Regulating the church -- Appendix 2. The written contract -- Appendix 3. Carrier writs -- Appendix 4. Cutting timber -- Appendix 5. Builders -- Appendix 6. London doctors -- Appendix 7. Doctors of animals and people -- Appendix 8. Detinue of animals -- Appendix 9. Shepherd Assumpsit writs -- Appendix 10. Horses bailed -- Appendix 11. Cloth workers -- Appendix 12. Services -- Appendix 13. Horse killers -- Appendix 14. Farriers -- Appendix 15. Scienter with warnings -- Appendix 16. Scienter without warnings -- Appendix 17. Other Scienter writs -- Appendix 18. Innkeeper liability: London -- Appendix 19. Innkeeper liability -- Appendix 20. Jailers before 1348 -- Appendix 21. Jailers after 1348 -- Appendix 22. Indirect and consequential damages -- Appendix 23. Miscellaneous wrongs -- Appendix 24. Select repair writs -- Appendix 25. Select franchise writs
Summary Robert Palmer's pathbreaking study shows how the Black Death triggered massive changes in both governance and law in fourteenth-century England, establishing the mechanisms by which the law adapted to social needs for centuries thereafter. Palmer is the first scholar to relate these medieval legal changes to social and demographic developments. The Black Death killed one-third of the English population between 1348 and 1351. To preserve traditional society, the king's government aggressively implemented new punitive legal remedies as mechanisms for social control. The changes inaugurated included Statute of Laborers prosecutions, penal bonds, uses, trespass on the case, and assumpsit. The government's attempt to shore up traditional society in fact transformed it. English governance was legitimately extended to routine regulation of all workers, from shepherds to innkeepers, smiths, and doctors. The new cohesiveness of the ecclesiastical and lay upper orders, the increase in subject matter jurisdictions, the growth of the chancellor's court, and the acceptance of coercive contractual remedies made the Black Death in England a transformative experience for law and for governance. Based on all available legal records, Palmer's book presents a new interpretation and chronology of these important legal changes and also establishes a policy foundation. The footnotes and appendixes present additional information on church-state relations and on the history of various occupations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Law -- England -- History
Black Death -- Social aspects -- England -- History
Law, Medieval.
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
Law -- England -- History.
Black Death -- Social aspects -- England -- History.
Law, Medieval.
Black death -- Social aspects
Law, Medieval
Politics and government
Social conditions
Common law.
Pest (ziekte)
Droit -- Angleterre (GB) -- Histoire -- 14e siècle.
Peste -- Aspect social -- Angleterre (GB)
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1327-1377.
England -- Social conditions -- 1066-1485.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1066-1485.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1327-1377.
England -- Social conditions -- 1066-1485.
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 93000592
ISBN 0585028974