The County Courts of Medieval England, 1150-1350 / Robert C. Palmer.

Palmer, Robert C., 1947- [Browse]
  • Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2019]
  • ©2019
1 online resource (xvii, 360 p. )


Summary note
The first monograph on English medieval county courts, this book provides a major revision of traditional conceptions of the character of these courts and the organization of English society from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. The county courts have been considered courts of custom dominated by local knights unskilled in the law. By analyzing county personnel and their role of the courts, Robert C. Palmer shows that these courts were, on the contrary, clearly professional and controlled by the magnates through their lawyers. Nevertheless, as the author demonstrates by his study of the process of jurisdictional change, the county courts were increasingly relegated to lesser roles by changes meant to assure justice to county litigants, while the king's court became the normal court of original jurisdiction for most important cases. Professor Palmer approaches his subject through the study of original records of litigation. Some of his primary sources were unknown until now (the county court year book reports and the writ file records) and some (the king's court plea rolls of Edward I, the unedited Cheshire plea rolls, and the early close rolls) had not previously been so closely examined for evidence on the county courts. In this ambitious work the author has shown how the king's courts and the county and local courts were linked by personnel and procedure and how legal innovations and other circumstances broke down these links. What emerges is an enlightening study of legal and constitutional change. Robert C. Palmer is a Junior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan Law School. Originally published in 1982.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Includes index.
Bibliographic references
Bibliography: p. 335-344.
Source of description
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Language note
In English.
  • Front matter
  • Contents
  • Tables
  • Preface
  • Common Abbreviations
  • PART Ι. Institutional Framework and Personnel
  • 1. Venue and Scheduling
  • 2. The Sheriff and His Staff
  • 3. Suit and Judges
  • 4. Professional Lawyers
  • 5. Seneschals and Bailiffs
  • PART II: Jurisdiction
  • 6. Record, Removal, and Supervision
  • 7. The Viscontiel Writs
  • 8. Personal Actions: The Reign of Edward I
  • 9. County, Courts, and Country
  • 10. Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • Glossary of Legal Terms and Latin Words
  • Bibliography of Books and Documents Cited in the Notes
  • Index
  • 1098217325
  • 1088341616
  • 10.1515/9780691198149
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