The Rise of the Barristers: A Social History of the English Bar 1590-1640

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byWilfrid R. Prest

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Barristers constituted the most powerful and prosperous professional group in early modern England. In the half-century before the calling of the Long Parliament in 1640, this branch of the legal profession grew rapidly and underwent profound structural change. Wilfrid Prest systematicallyexamines the effects of these changes on the barrister's working life, along with the changing balance between supply and demand for his services during this formative period. Patterns of professional recruitment, training, and mobility have been reconstructed from the social origins and careers of some 500 individual lawyers, and separate chapters explore the participation of barristers in the cultural, religious, and political life of Elizabethan and early StuartEngland. The book concludes by considering the nature and underlying causes of the largely unfavourable image of the early modern lawyer.

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Barristers constituted the most powerful and prosperous professional group in early modern England. In the half-century before the calling of the Long Parliament in 1640, this branch of the legal profession grew rapidly and underwent profound structural change. Wilfrid Prest systematicallyexamines the effects of these changes on the ...

Wilfrid R. Prest is at University of Adelaide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:458 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019820258X

ISBN - 13:9780198202585

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`Dr. Prest's prose is a constant revelation. Within the last few years there have been published a number of distinguished scholarly volumes on the history of the English legal profession. Dr. Prest's new volume is another notable accretion to this excellent collection.' W.N. Osborough, TheIrish Jurist, Volume XXIII, 1988