Crime, gender, and social order in early modern England by Garthine Walker

By Garthine Walker

Garthine Walker finds that girls weren't handled leniently by way of the courts and that ideals approximately gender and order impacted on genuine criminal results in early glossy England. She demonstrates that the loved ones position had as a lot to do with the character of criminal activity because the person during this interval. demanding hitherto authorized perspectives relating to gender stereotyping, this booklet illuminates the complexities of daily English existence within the early smooth interval.

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For example, J. Beck, Tudor Cheshire (Chester, 1969), 1–3; G. Barraclough, ‘The Earldom and County Palatine of Chester’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 103 (1951), 24; Dorothy J. E. , Victoria History of the Counties of England. Cheshire (hereafter, VCH Cheshire) Vol. II, 31–2. 14 Crime, Gender and Social Order Cheshire is mistaken. Granted, as a Palatinate, some aspects of central and local government relations did remain particular. The terms of military service for Cheshire knights were slightly different from those elsewhere; taxation was calculated by a traditional unit of assessment, the ‘mize’; Cheshire had its own Exchequer Court that dealt with (among other things) the business which elsewhere would have gone before the Westminster Chancery; assizes took the form of the Palatinate Court of Great Sessions, which had a civil as well as criminal jurisdiction.

2v–3r, 5r; Lambarde, Eirenarcha, 134–6; Robert B. Shoemaker, Prosecution and Punishment. For example, CRO, QJB 2/4, fo. 52r; see also CRO, QJF 29/3/8 (1599); QJB 2/6, fos. 128r, 129v; see also CRO, QJF 83/2/29–/31, /45 (1653); PRO, CHES 21/4, fo. 164r; see also CHES 24/127/1/175 (1648). For example, PRO, CHES 24/127/1/293 (1648); CHES 24/116/4 (1622), indictment of Thomas Barber; CRO, QJF 25/4/20 (1596); QJF 51/2/95 (1622); QJF 81/4/12, 26 (1651). Dalton, Countrey Justice, 144. The remit for binding over to good behaviour was broader than that for the peace.

Unfortunately, a full set of depositions has not survived for the great sessions. The quarter and great sessions material has been supplemented by that of other courts. The City of Chester enjoyed a separate jurisdiction from 1507, and therefore held its own quarter sessions. The Sessions Files (CCRO, QSF) are incomplete, and subsequently have not been used in the quantitative study to the same extent as those of the aforementioned courts. Their contents, however, are similar to those of the county quarter sessions.

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