Courts & Justice in Tudor England

The common law legal landscape in 16th century England was a patchwork of courts and traditions where participants received different treatment based on their social status, location and even the year. The courts were not unified into a single, hierarchical system, and were often sorted by types of crimes, with each court developing its own unique expertise or specialty. The legal traditions of each court were different. The Tudor legal system relied on prior rulings and decisions, case law, and customs dating to Norman, Anglo-Saxon, and Roman times and also incorporating local legal traditions. This heavily fractured, very specialized and old legal system led many to despair at the sheer si

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