The Crown Pleas of the Suffolk Eyre of 1240 [Hardback]

Eric Gallagher(Editor); Henry Summerson(Editor); Henry Summerson(Revised By); Henry Summerson(Introduction)

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ISBN: 9781783276004 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Suffolk Records Society | Volume: 64 | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 234p, H9.25 x W6.25, 1 line.
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The Crown Pleas of the Suffolk Eyre of 1240

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The eyre was an organised judicial visitation to the counties of England by the king's justices to hear all types of plea, civil and crown, as well as to investigate any matters for the king that pertain to the county; it was thus a hugely important part of the legal process.
This volume, edited by Eric Gallagher with an introduction by Henry Summerson, follows on from Dr Gallagher's edition and translation of the civil pleas of the same eyre, published by the Suffolk Records Society in 2009. But whereas the civil pleas deal primarily with litigation between landowners, the crown pleas are mostly concerned with the actions of townsmen and peasants, recorded both as killers and thieves, and as the victims of crime. Like the civil pleas, the crown pleas illuminate the workings of the common law, but in addition they illustrate the functions and purposes of local and central government, shedding light in sometimes vivid detail upon the lives of the humbler members of society, upon their occupations, relationships, misfortunes and quarrels - and the sometimes bizarre ways in which they met their deaths. The eyre was led by William of York, the King's justiciar and later bishop of Salisbury, and his colleagues who met at Ipswich, Cattishall (outside Bury St Edmunds) and Dunwich.
The eyre roll, now in the National Archives, is the first from Suffolk surviving in full to have been edited and published; it has the particular interest of coming from a county that was then one of the most populous and prosperous of English shires.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Crown Pleas of the Suffolk Eyre of 1240
Glossary and abbreviations
Bibliography
Index of people and places
Analysis of contents

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