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The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume VI 1483–1558

John Baker


This volume covers the years 1483–1558. It first considers constitutional developments, and addresses the question of whether there was a rule of law under King Henry VIII. In a period of supposed despotism and enhanced parliamentary power, protection of liberty was increasing and habeas corpus was emerging. The volume considers the extent to which the law was affected by the intellectual changes of the Renaissance, and how far the English experience differed from that of the Continent. It includes a study of the myriad jurisdictions in Tudor England and their workings and examines important p ... More

Keywords: rule of law, King Henry VIII, protection of liberty, habeas corpus, Renaissance, Tudor England, criminal law, inns of court, law of corporations, private law

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198258179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Baker, author
Downing Professor of the Laws of England, and Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge

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Part I English Law and the Renaissance

Part II The Constitution

Part III The Courts

Part IV Civil Procedure and Pleading

Part V The Legal Profession and its Learning

Part VI Criminal Law and Procedure

Part VII Persons

Part VIII The Law of Property

Part IX The Law of Torts

Part X The Law of Contract