Publisher description for Crime, justice, and discretion in England, 1740-1820 / Peter King.

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The criminal law has often been seen as central to the rule of the 18th century landed elite. Within detailed studies of every stage of the criminal process this volume explores key issues such as who used the law, for what purposes and with what effects It then challenges the view that the law was primarily the instrument of a small elite, portraying it instead as an arena of struggle, negotiation and compromise used by many different social groups. The criminal justice sytem may have somtimes been vulnerable to power but it was also useful in limiting it.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Crime -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Crime -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- England -- History -- 19th century.