The Summary courts and social relations in eighteenth-century England

King, Peter (2004). The Summary courts and social relations in eighteenth-century England. Past and Present, 183(1) pp. 125–172.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/past/183.1.125

Abstract

This article argues that it was in the summary courts rather than anywhere else that the people met and experienced the law in the eighteenth centruy. It explores the types of cases brought, the social background of those who used the courts, the wide plebeian useage, the nature of proceedings, and the complex and important roles they played in eighteenth-century social relations.

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