English legal culture and the languages of the law: Rethinking the Statute of Pleading (1362)

Kitrina Bevan
This thesis re-evaluates the impact of the Statute of Pleading and its legislation of the languages of the law on the legal actors who worked in England's royal courts in the fourteenth century. In order to broaden the scope of existing research on the subject, this project puts forth a new interpretation of the Statute by proposing a different hypothesis for why the law exists in two linguistically variable forms on the records of the...
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