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David Lemmings (ed.), Crime, Courtrooms and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, Farnham and Burlington, Ashgate, 2012, 234 p. ISBN 978-140941-8030Greg T. Smith (ed.), Summary justice in the city. À selection of cases heard at the guildhall justice room 1752-1781, Woodbridge and Rochester, The Boydell Press, 2013, 369 p. ISBN 978-090095-2531

Griet Vermeesch
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Among social historians of law there is currently a keen interest in popular legalism, i.e. in the active role that ordinary people played in the judiciary and how these people experienced the law. These new strands of research takes the view that ordinary people were not necessarily the victims of legal regimes imposed upon them from above. Instead, historians increasingly highlight the ways in which ordinary people shaped the judiciary. This historiographical shift includes growing attention to low-threshold forms of conflict arbitration, such as summary courts. These were the legal institutions that people from all walks of life were most likely to interact with.

Both volumes discussed in this review align with these new strands in historical research. The volume edited by David Lemmings comprises a range of articles that discuss why thre was an ‘explosion’ of popular trial publishing in London and Scotland during the eighteenth century, particularly focusing on how such practices...

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David Lemmings (ed.), Crime, Courtrooms and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, Farnham and Burlington, Ashgate, 2012, 234 p. ISBN 978-140941-8030

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Griet Vermeesch, « David Lemmings (ed.), Crime, Courtrooms and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, Farnham and Burlington, Ashgate, 2012, 234 p. ISBN 978-140941-8030Greg T. Smith (ed.), Summary justice in the city. À selection of cases heard at the guildhall justice room 1752-1781, Woodbridge and Rochester, The Boydell Press, 2013, 369 p. ISBN 978-090095-2531 », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies [En ligne], Vol. 20, n°1 | 2016, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2018, consulté le 26 février 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chs/1650

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