English Law in the Age of the Black Death, 1348-1381

English Law in the Age of the Black Death, 1348-1381

Robert Palmer's pathbreaking study shows how the Black Death triggered massive changes in both governance and law in fourteenth-century England, establishing the mechanisms by which the law adapted to social needs for centuries thereafter. The Black Death killed one-third of the English population between 1348 and 1351. To preserve traditional society, the king's government aggressively implemented new punitive legal remedies as a mechanism for social control. This… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 468 pages

Language: English


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