Criminal Law in Shakespeare's England: Pulton's De Pace Regis et Regni Pulton, Ferdinand[o] [1536-1618]. De Pace Regis et Regni, Viz. A Treatise Declaring Which be the Great and Generall Offences of the Realme, And the Chiefe Impediments of the Peace of the King and the Kingdome, As Treasons, Homicides, And Felonies, Menaces, Assaults, Batteries, Ryots, Routs, Unlawfull Assemblies, Forcible Entries, Forgeries, Perjuries, Maintenance, Deceit, Extortion, Oppression: And How Many and What Sorts of Them There Be, And by Whom and What Meanes the Said Offences, And the Offendors Therein are to bee Restrained, Repressed, Or Punished. Which Being Reformed or Duly Checked, Florebit Pax Regis & Regni. Collected Out of the Reports of the Common Lawes of This Realme, And of the Statutes in Force, And Out of the Painefull Workes of the Reverend Iudges, Sir Anthonie Fitzharbert, Sir Robert Brooke, Sir William Stanford, Sir Iames Dyer, Sir Edward Coke, Knights, And Other Learned Writers of Our Lawes. London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1615. [vi], 324 [i.e. 243],  ff. Folio (11" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary calf with recent rebacking, blind rules and holes for thong ties to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, pastedowns renewed, hinges mended. Moderate rubbing to extremities corners bumped, minor scuffs and cracks to boards. Woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, early owner signature (of John Cashhe, dated 1618) to head of title page, extensive annotations to endleaves. A handsome copy. $750. * Third edition. With comprehensive index, glosses and side-note references to the works of Fitzherbert, Brooke and others. Pulton is best known for his respected abridgements An Abstract of all the Penal Statutes Which are General (1560) and A Kalendar or Table of All the Statutes (1606). De Pace Regis et Regni took his earlier works as the starting point for a comprehensive overview of criminal law. Holdsworth, who holds this work in high regard, observes that it was only the second title devoted to the subject. The first, Staunford's Les Plees del Coron, was published posthumously in 1560. Holdsworth adds that a comparison between Pulton and (the less comprehensive) Staunford "enables us to appreciate the effect of the additions to and alterations of the criminal l.
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