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Lawyers at PlayLiterature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581$
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Jessica Winston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.001.0001

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Lawyers at Play

(p.1) Introduction
Lawyers at Play

Jessica Winston

Oxford University Press

Why were the early modern Inns of Court such vibrant literary centres? This introduction sets out the central argument of Lawyers at Play: the literary culture of the Inns was bound up with, energized by, and responsive to transformations in early modern political and legal culture, especially changes in the legal profession and related transformations in the professional and career opportunities of members. The introduction also explains the central focus of the book on the early Elizabethan period, especially the 1560s; the principles governing the organization of the book by genre; and the significance of the book’s argument, especially in terms of studies of law and literature and early modern political culture.

Keywords:   Inns of Court, law and literature, political culture, genre, literary culture, legal profession, early modern, early Elizabethan period, The Misfortunes of Arthur

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