Justice upon petition [electronic resource] : the House of Lords and the reformation of justice, 1621-1675 /
James S. Hart.
London ; New York, NY, USA : HarperCollinsAcademic, 1991.
246 p.
0049422022 (hb), 9780049422025
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London ; New York, NY, USA : HarperCollinsAcademic, 1991.
0049422022 (hb)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-11:
Although little noted initially, revival in the 17th century of the Lords' judicial authority was important to litigants and to the upper house itself. The emergence of the Lords as a court for petitioners making initial complaints and for appellants was caused largely by demands of litigants, often victims of failures in the existing judicial system, and by the peers' collective belief that they were specifically charged to insure that justice was done. Political events also affected judicial actions of the Lords. During the early 1640s the peers heard petitions from individuals who had been penalized by actions, now illegal, taken by the Crown during the period of personal rule. At the Restoration, the house was besieged by similar complaints against acts taken by authorities in the Civil War and Interregnum. Although the practice of hearing initial complaints virtually ceased after 1675, the Lords had become established as a judicial as well as an advisory and legislative body. Moreoever, the Lords' judicial activities created a significant bond between the upper house and society. Although it requires some background in English legal history, Hart's book will be a major contribution to the reassessment of the House of Lords in 17th-century history. Excellent notes and bibliography. Advanced undergraduate; graduate. C. L. Hamilton; Simon Fraser University
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'... an important and pioneering work.' “Cambridge Law Journal ' ... a book that will have to be read by anyone working on the period.' “John Morrill, Selwyn College, Cambridge
'... an important and pioneering work.' Cambridge Law Journal ' ... a book that will have to be read by anyone working on the period.' John Morrill, Selwyn College, Cambridge
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This unique book traces the evolution of the House of Lords as a court for private litigation during the critically important years from 1621 to 1675. The book offers a revealing insight into contemporary politics, government and religion, adding an important dimension to the history of the House of Lords.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 13
The 1620s: the Remaking of a Courtp. 15
The Long Parliament (I): Looking Backp. 64
The Long Parliament (Ii): Old Problems in New Casesp. 106
The Long Parliament (Iii): the King's Council in Parliamentp. 142
Notesp. 169
The Long Parliament (Iv): the War Yearsp. 175
Notesp. 211
The Court Restoredp. 218
Select Bibliographyp. 270
Printed Sourcesp. 271
Glossary of Legal Termsp. 277
Indexp. 279
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