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dc.contributor.author Ireland, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-26T12:41:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-26T12:41:05Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation Ireland , R 2002 , ' Law in action, law in books: the practicality of medieval theft law ' Continuity and Change , vol 17 , no. 3 , pp. 309-331 . , 10.1017/S0268416003004417 en
dc.identifier.issn 0268-4160
dc.identifier.other PURE: 98834
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1865
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1865
dc.identifier.uri http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=CON&volumeId=17&issueId=03&iid=151610 en
dc.description Ireland, Richard, 'Law in action, law in books: the practicality of medieval theft law', Continuity and Change 17 (3), 2002, pp. 309–331. en
dc.description.abstract This article approaches the medieval law of theft from a ‘functional’ perspective. It seeks, that is, to consider the rules of law principally in relation to the social circumstances which give rise to them and upon which they, in turn, have an impact. Concentrating primarily upon material from England and Wales, the essay considers general issues of definition, jurisdiction and proof in the law of the middle ages before concentrating specifically upon the rules respecting theft. The ideas of manifest and non-manifest theft are explored in an attempt to discover why the law distinguished between them. Potential difficulties concerning the bringing of theft actions and the defences which might be offered to them are also examined and related to the practical world in which perpetrators and victims of theft found themselves. Finally, the possible tension between the satisfaction of the demands of the individual victim and the wider desire to maintain public order is investigated. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Continuity and Change en
dc.title Law in action, law in books: the practicality of medieval theft law en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0268416003004417
dc.contributor.institution Department of Law & Criminology en
dc.contributor.institution Law and Criminology en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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