This book measures contemporary attitudes to the law - within and outside of the legal profession – to see how c17th century Englishmen defined the role of law in their society, to see what their expectations were of the law and how these expectations helped shape political debate – and ultimately determined political decisions – over the course of a very turbulent century.
SECTION I: FOUNDATIONS OF LAW. Introduction. 1. The Structure and Machinery of the Law. 2. The Judiciary. SECTION II: ROYAL GOVERNMENT. 3. James I: of Kings and Kingdoms. 4. Charles I: New Solutions for Old Problems. SECTION III: PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT. 5. The High Court of Parliament. 6. The Great Council. SECTION IV: CROMWELLIAN GOVERNMENT. 7. Law and the New Republic. 8. The Good Constable. Conclusion.