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Gentlemen and Barristers: The Inns of Court and the English Bar 1680-1730

David Lemmings


This book analyses English barristers and the Inns of Court in the period 1680–1730. The four Inns of Court have constituted the principal institutional home of common lawyers since medieval times, and by the early modern period were regarded as a ‘third university’. Barristers were the pre-eminent professional men of Augustan England. In parliament, they played a disproportionate role in the business of the Commons. The book traces the history of the Inns and the barristers during an important period of transition. He shows how the Inns declined from their former splendour during the later se ... More

Keywords: Inns of Court, barristers, Augustan England, legal profession, professionalization

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Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198221555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lemmings, author
University of Newcastle, New South Wales

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