Law and Disorder in Early Modern Wales

Crime and Authority in the Denbeighshire Courts, c. 1660-1730

Sharon Howard

Sharon Howard

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780708319949 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The sheer scale of surviving early modern Welsh court archives attests to the importance of the institutions that produces them—and they have, since the early 1970s, become major sources for a wide range of early modernists, not just those who specialize in criminal procedure. This volume discusses the fundamental and fascinating paradox of the criminal records of the Denbeighshire courts of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, demonstrating their potential to illuminate both order and disorder, law-keepers and law-breakers, and the respectable and the unruly—showcasing early modern authority as both powerful and precarious in light of the shared experiences and attitudes of its local communities.
 
Contents
Introduction
I English law and Welsh courts in a border country
II Violence and its social contexts
III Investigating theft
IV Contesting authority: governance, politics, and religion
V Contentious neighbours and local disputes
VI Experiences of authority at the margins of society
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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