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date: 22 October 2019

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This is the text of the Annual Lecture for the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature, delivered by the late Professor Christopher Brooks at the University of St Andrews 9 October 2013. The first part consists of observations arising from comparisons between Professor Brooks’s vision of legal culture between roughly 1550 and 1640 and his understanding of its relation to contemporary literature. A particularly important question in connection with this is whether or not both the great excrescence of legal culture in this period and the extensive crossover with literature were in some respects unique. The second part of the lecture examines the changing relationship between law and social and political life during the Civil War years and those after the Restoration of 1660.

Keywords: Civil War, Restoration, Inns of Court, Chancery, law, William Wycherly, contract, Thomas Caverley

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