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Femme Sole Status: A Failed Feminist Dream?

8 February 2019

  Posted by Sara M. Butler; 8 February 2019. When reading over an anonymous reviewer’s comments on a manuscript I was writing on the subject of women’s legal disability...

The Very Image of Justice? Star Chamber Records and the Art of Punishment

11 January 2019

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 11 January 2019. Records of cases heard in the early modern English Court of Star Chamber offer us rich insight into everyday life, and sometimes into...

Prosecuting Homicide on the Coroner’s Inquisition

26 December 2018

By Cassie Watson; posted 26 December 2018. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century coroner’s juries regularly returned verdicts that appeared to determine questions of criminal liability,...

“Woe unto those who know not how to syllabificate”: The Languages of Medieval Law

9 November 2018

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 9 November 2018. When John of Salisbury (ca. 1115-1180) decried the dishonesty of lawyers in his Policraticus, he targeted the incomprehensibility of their...