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A Power to Do Justice: Jurisdiction, English Literature, and the Rise of Common Law

Bradin Cormack


English law underwent rapid transformation in the sixteenth century, in response to the Reformation and also to heightened litigation and legal professionalization. As the common law became more comprehensive and systematic, the principle of jurisdiction came under particular strain. When the common law engaged with other court systems in England, when it encountered territories like Ireland and France, or when it confronted the ocean as a juridical space, the law revealed its qualities of ingenuity and improvisation. In other words, as this book argues, jurisdictional crisis made visible the ... More

Keywords: English law, Reformation, litigation, common law, jurisdiction, English literature, Thomas More, William Shakespeare, humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226116242
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226116259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradin Cormack, author