The Foundation of Freedom 1215–2015
Described by Lord Denning as ‘the greatest constitutional document of all times’, Magna Carta is widely seen as a guarantor of individual rights and freedom from tyranny. But how is a charter forced on a medieval king by his barons relevant today? This comprehensive, accessible and richly illustrated volume explains its origins, how it has been interpreted through the centuries, and the inspiration it provides to those wishing to build democratic societies across the world.
The Justice Women
The Female Presence in the Criminal Justice System 1800–1970
Today we are accustomed to seeing female police officers, barristers and judges, but this only came about through more than a century of struggle. This absorbing book traces the history of the fight for equality and professional status through the lives of pioneering women in the legal system. They include Edith Smith, the first woman police officer to be sworn in, Lilian Wyles, the first female chief inspector, and the remarkable judge Rose Heilbron.
Beyond Magna Carta
Writing shortly before the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and in the aftermath of the Scottish Independence referendum, Andrew Blick sees a present need for a full written constitution of the UK. He examines a series of historical texts dating back as far as the sixth and seventh centuries, and including Magna Carta, which sought to set out arrangements for the governance of England – and later the UK. These, he argues, comprise a powerful tradition of written constitution.
Death for Desertion
The Story of the Court Martial and Execution of Sub Lt Edwin Dyett
On January 5th, 1917, Sub-Lieutenant Edwin Dyett of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, faced the firing squad. Although accused of desertion in the face of the enemy, the facts surrounding the case and Dyett's psychological and nervous condition cast serious doubts on whether justice was done. Drawing on statements and court martial documents, this re-examination of the trial asks: was Dyett a coward, or simply wholly unsuited to the role of an officer in the front line?
Law, Liberty, Legacy
Granted by King John as a practical solution to a political crisis in 1215, Magna Carta has become a globally important document, as a resonant symbol of liberty and the rule of law. This volume accompanied the British Library's 2015 exhibition marking the 800th anniversary - the largest ever devoted to Magna Carta. Two original copies of the charter are featured alongside a host of documents and artefacts illustrating its legacy, from the 1534 English translation to modern political cartoons.
Hepple and Matthews' Tort Law
Cases and Materials (Seventh Edition)
This seventh edition of the classic casebook on tort law retains the features that have made it such a popular and respected text. Taking a broadly contextual approach, it addresses all the main topics in tort law and provides extensive commentary, questions and notes supplementing the selection of cases and statutes which form the core of the book.
The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial
It was the marathon trial that laid bare the tricks, corruption and hypocrisy of the tabloid press. Peter Jukes attended the whole of the eight-month hearings, and brings the courtroom drama to full, uncensored life. Here are the secret tape recordings, the emails from Hollywood actors, Cabinet ministers and royal courtiers, and the scandal that embroiled Rupert Murdoch's protegee Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former Director of Communications, Andy Coulson.
Sex and Punishment
Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire
Sex is one of the most powerful human drives, and societies have sought to regulate it since the dawn of history. Meticulous, scholarly, yet laced with spicy anecdote, this chronological survey ranges from the brutal impalement of an adulteress in Mesopotamia to the trials of Oscar Wilde. Peopled with transvestites, rent boys, royal mistresses and gay charioteers, it demonstrates how what is 'normal' in one age is forbidden in another, exposing the futility of such attempts to constrain human sexuality.
Sailors in the Dock
Naval Courts Martial Down the Centuries
Some embarrassing cowardice displayed by the captains of several British ships at the Battle of Dungeness in 1652 led to the formulation of the 'Articles of War', establishing a strict code of conduct for the Navy and empowering officers to apply it. This collection of significant legal cases in the history of the Royal Navy ranges from a mutiny at the Battle of Cadiz in 1587 to a captain's decision to scuttle HMS Manchester in the Mediterranean in 1942.