An Illustrated History of Britain (Background Books) by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This is often an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric instances to the current day. The e-book analyzes the foremost political and armed forces occasions in British heritage, and the place applicable, appears at those inside a much broader, overseas context. It additionally describes lifestyle for women and men from varied degrees of society in several a while: the type of paintings they did, kinfolk existence, and so forth. Emphasis is usually put on cultural, highbrow, medical and financial advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the kin among those nations and England also are mentioned.

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T he co nvi nci ng proof of our king's strength, " wrote one man. " By the end of th e twelfth century the judges were men with real knowledge and expe rience of the law. Na turally these judges, travelling from place to place, administered the same law wherever they went. This might seem obvious now, but since Saxon times local customs and laws had varied from one place to ano the r. The law admin istered by th ese travelling judges beca me kn own as "common law", because it was used everywhe re.

It is a pattern cr uelly familiar to many poor countries today. Am on g rich er peop le, the pressure on land led to an increase in its value , and to an increase in buying and selling. Landowning widows found th emselves co urted by land-hungry single men . Unfortunately, agricultural skills improved littl e during this period. Ne ither peasants nor landlords had th e necessary knowledge or und erstanding to develop the m. In addition, man ori al lan dlords, equally int erested in good harvests, insisted th at the an ima ls of th e peasan try grazed on the ir own land to enric h it d uring its year of rest.

Who would hel p him prove that he was not guilty. Slowly, during th e later Middle A ges, the work of these juries gradually changed from giving evidence ro judging the ev idence of o thers. Juries had no tra ining in the law. They were ordinary people using o rdinary co mmon sense . It was soon obv ious that th ey needed guidance. As a result law schools grew up during th e thirteenth cent ury, produ cing lawyers who could advise juries about th e point s of law. Religious beliefs T he C hurch at local village level was sign ificantly different from the politically powerful organ isation th e kin g had to deal with .

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