The Coroners of Northern Britain c. 1300-1700 PDF ePub eBook

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The Coroners of Northern Britain c. 1300-1700 free pdf For the last 800 years coroners have been important in England's legal and political landscape, best known as investigators of sudden, suspicious, or unexplained death. In contrast, historians have largely ignored, misunderstood, or dismissed the office of coroner in Scotland. Contrary to popular belief, Scotland had coroners, but their functions were quite different from their English namesakes. Against the background of the coroner's role in historic England, this book explains how sudden death was investigated by magistrates in Scotland. It explores how Scottish coroners functioned as executive judicial officers, who serviced criminal circuit courts. They were men of action who dealt primarily with living miscreants and their assets, while also having other tasks, including quasi-military roles. The book explains their place in late medieval and early modern Scottish justice and how, over time, they were side-lined by changes in the constitution of courts and in legal procedures, becoming obsolete in the eighteenth century. Finally, it draws intriguing parallels between the distinctive role of coroners in the north of England and Wales, prior to the seventeenth century, and their counterparts in Scotland. It is a study in legal history, which also sheds valuable light on social, administrative, and political formations in the component parts of historic Britain. It provides essential historical background for understanding the work of coroners in the modern world.

About Rab Houston

Robert Allan Houston is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews, UK. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and St Andrews University before spending six years at Cambridge University, UK, as a research student (Peterhouse) and research fellow (Clare College).

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Author : Rab Houston
Publisher : Palgrave Pivot
Data Published : 18 March 2014
ISBN : 113738106X
EAN : 9781137381064
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 134 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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