Litigation and locality: the Cambridge University courts, 1560-1640

Shepard, A. (2004) Litigation and locality: the Cambridge University courts, 1560-1640. Urban History, 31(1), pp. 5-28. (doi: 10.1017/S0963926804001762)

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The importance of legal institutions as mediators of social relations in early modern towns has long been recognized. However, opinion differs over the extent to which early modern courts generated social conflict or resolved it through promoting consensus. This article brings to light a neglected jurisdiction and argues that while the university courts inevitably generated conflict when pursuing their regulative agenda, they nonetheless offered Cambridge inhabitants a considerable resource which was used extensively in both the speedy resolution and the vexatious prolongation of a wide range of disputes which tended to cut across rather than deepen town–gown hostilities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shepard, Professor Alex
Authors: Shepard, A.
Subjects:K Law > KD England and Wales
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Urban History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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