PROSECUTING CRIME IN THE RENAISSANCE: ENGLAND, GERMANY, FRANCE.
Langbein, John H.
Item #: 11490
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2005.
Subjects: CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, COMPARATIVE LAW, FRENCH LAW, GERMAN LAW
Our present system of criminal prosecution originated inEngland in the sixteenth century. Langbein traces itsdevelopment, which was at its most intense during the reignof Queen Mary. He shows how the common law developed asystem of official investigation and prosecution thatincorporated the medieval institution of the jury trial. Heplaces equal emphasis on the role of the justices of thepeace as public prosecutors. The second half of the bookcompares the English system with those of the Holy RomanEmpire (Germany) and France. He concludes by refuting thepopular opinion that the English were strongly indebted tocontinental models. This work was awarded CambridgeUniversity's Yorke Prize.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
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