Eirenarcha: , 201, 222-589, ; Duties: 80 pp. 1 vols. Small thick 8vo
1602 · London
by Lambarde, William
London: Thomas Wright, 1602. Later edition of Eirenarcha (first published 1581); later edition of The Duties (first published 1583). Eirenarcha: , 201, 222-589, ; Duties: 80 pp. 1 vols. Small thick 8vo. Eighteenth-century calf, red leather spine label; rebacked, with original spine laid down; joints cracked, with some chipping and loss to foot of spine. Later edition of Eirenarcha (first published 1581); later edition of The Duties (first published 1583). Eirenarcha: , 201, 222-589, ; Duties: 80 pp. 1 vols. Small thick 8vo. Ellizabethan Law Enforcement. William Lambarde (1536-1601) was an antiquary and lawyer, who, among his many accomplishments, compiled the earliest county history, THE PERAMBULATION OF KENT (1576). His appointment as a justice of the peace for Kent in 1578, provided Lambarde with the background of experience which led to the present work; and it has long been regarded as the standard authority on the subject It is of great value not only for the study of criminal procedure in Elizabethan England; along with its companion, THE DUTIES OF CONSTABLES, it offers also a window into the society and mores of the age of Shakespeare and his Constable Dogbody.
"He [Lambarde] praised English justice, but was sharply critical of the shortcomings of the juries, which had led government to circumvent them through such agencies as Star Chamber, and thus curtail liberty. Extolling the blessings of peace and deploring the disorders attendant on war, he showed a dislike of foreigners and inveighed, among other things, against ale houses, vagabonds, and engrossers, but he made little reference to national problems and none to felony or murder." (ODNB)
Both EIRENARCHA and THE DUTIES OF CONSTABLES, were continually reprinted, updated and expanded, and the two are frequently found bound together. "Editions of this [i.e., THE DUTIES] are generally bound with editions of the Eirenarcha that are roughly contemporary, but not necessarily of the same year" (STC). Beale T 387; STC 15170, ESTC S108202; STC 15154, ESTC S103925
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