LAW7596 - English Constitutional History

LAW7596 - English Constitutional History

Course Number: 

7596

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

This course will introduce students to the history of English law and government from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Many of the ideas that shaped modern American law were formed in the crucible of the English Middle Ages. Some of the themes that we will explore include: oath taking, the use of standardized ?writs? to initiate cases, conflicting ideas of royal and parliamentary authority, the status of women and marginal groups under the law, the creation of a professional class of attorneys and judges, the shift from trial by ordeal or combat to the jury system, the use of torture, and the contest between rule of law and executive privilege.