The Local Experience of Law and Authority: Quarter Sessions, JPs and the People

@inproceedings{Lemmings2011TheLE,
  title={The Local Experience of Law and Authority: Quarter Sessions, JPs and the People},
  author={David Lemmings},
  year={2011}
}
In the villages, towns and cities of medieval and Tudor-Stuart England, men and women usually encountered law and authority in judicial forms. This was because governance was conceived primarily as obedience to the law, and the law was typically administered in courts: institutions whose authority consisted in the punishment of all kinds of infractions against law and custom, including what we would understand as the obligations of local administration. A veritable patchwork of courts had… Expand