1st Edition

Lawyers in Early Modern Europe and America

Edited By Wilfrid Prest Copyright 1981

    First published in 1981, Lawyers in Early Modern Europe and America aims to present a convenient conspectus on the legal professions in early modern Europe, Scotland, France Spain and Colonial America, and to provide a comparative perspective on the place of the legal profession in Western societies before the Industrial Revolution. The main themes covered by each contributor are: the status, number and vocational functions of the different classes or groups or lawyers; their social origins; education and career patterns; relations between lawyers and clients, other occupations and status-groups and the state; the extent of legal ‘professionalisation’ and the role of lawyers as ‘modernisers’ in cultural, economic, political and social terms. This book will be of interest to students of history, law and political science.

    New Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction Wilfrid Prest 1. The English Legal Profession, 1450-1550 J. H. Baker 2. The Common Lawyers in England, c. 1558-1642 C. W. Brooks 3. The English Bar, 1550-1700 Wilfrid Prest 4. The English Bar in the Georgian Era Daniel Duman 5. The English Civilians, 1500-1750 Brian P. Levack 6. The Legal Profession in Colonial North America Stephen Botein 7. The Advocates, the Law and the Nation in Early Modern Scotland Alexander Murdoch 8. Lawyers in Pre-revolutionary France Lenard R. Berlanstein 9. Lawyers and Litigation in Castle, 1500-1750 Richard L. Kagan Notes on Contributors Index


    Wilfrid Prest