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The Rise of the Barristers: A Social History of the English Bar 1590-1640

Wilfrid R. Prest


Barristers constituted the most powerful and prosperous professional group in early modern England. In the half-century before the calling of the Long Parliament in 1640, this branch of the legal profession grew rapidly and underwent profound structural change. The author of this book systematically examines the effects of these changes on the barrister's working life, along with the changing balance between supply and demand for his services during this formative period. Patterns of professional recruitment, training, and mobility have been reconstructed from the social origins and careers of ... More

Keywords: barristers, early modern England, Long Parliament, 1640, legal profession, working life, supply and demand, professional recruitment, training, mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wilfrid R. Prest, author
University of Adelaide
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