23 July 2018

BOOK: Jonathan ROSE, Maintenance in Medieval England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), xviii + 410 p. ISBN 9781107358324, 85 GBP

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Book abstract:
This is the first book covering those who abused and misused the legal system in medieval England and the initial attempts of the Anglo-American legal system to deal with these forms of legal corruption. Maintenance, in the sense of intermeddling in another person's litigation, was a source of repeated complaint in medieval England. This book reveals for the first time what actually transpired in the resultant litigation. Extensive study of the primary sources shows that the statutes prohibiting maintenance did not achieve their objectives because legal proceedings were rarely brought against those targeted by the statutes: the great and the powerful. Illegal maintenance was less extensive than frequently asserted because medieval judges recognized a number of valid justifications for intermeddling in litigation. Further, the book casts doubt on the effectiveness of the statutory regulation of livery. This is a treasure trove for legal historians, literature scholars, lawyers, and academic libraries.
Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Social norms relating to the assistance of others
3. Legal responses to the corruption of justice
4. The early litigation 1272–1327
5. Efforts to deal with corruption of justice in the reign of Edward III
6. Criminal and civil litigation during the reign of Edward III
7. Maintenance and medieval literature
8. Changes in the late medieval period
9. The development of the law of maintenance: permissible justifications for meddling
10. The development of the law of maintenance: illegal maintenance
11. Livery
12. Achieving the legislative objectives of the maintenance statutes
13. Conclusion.
On the author:
Jonathan Rose is Professor of Law and Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar Emeritus, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Faculty Affiliate, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University; and Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of History, Arizona State University. He has taught legal history, contracts, professional responsibility, and antitrust. He has also received several awards for outstanding teaching. Professor Rose is the author of numerous articles and other works on legal history, antitrust, economic regulation, and legal ethics.

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