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Law in Common: Legal Cultures in Late-Medieval England

Tom Johnson


There were tens of thousands of different local law-courts in late-medieval England, providing the most common forums for the working out of disputes and the making of decisions about local governance. While historians have long studied these institutions, there have been very few attempts to understand this complex institutional form of ‘legal pluralism’. Law in Common provides a way of apprehending this complexity by drawing out broader patterns of legal engagement. The first half of the book explores four ‘local legal cultures’ – in the countryside, towns and cities, the maritime world, and ... More

Keywords: Late-medieval England, law and society, legal culture, legal consciousness, common law, manorial court, canon law, church court, Black Death, materiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Johnson, author
Lecturer in Late-Medieval History, University of York