Liberty Against the Law

Some 17th Century Controversies

By Christopher Hill
Book Review Details
Author: Christopher Hill
Publisher: Penguin
Edition: 1997
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Section: Book Reviews =>
Subjects: Commons, Customary Rights & Enclosures, Social Crime
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Christopher Hill was getting on a bit when he wrote this but he clearly still had lots of stuff to get out there. What a source book he has produced. Hill shows that barely a fifth of the population were content with a legal system which was enclosing the commons, crushing customary rights and creating a class of landless labourers. Highwaymen, pirates, gypsies, vagabonds, levellers and religious radicals (amongst others) fight these changes creating their own culture of resistance in the process, echoes of which still remain today. Great. (BRHG)

Liberty Against the Law : Some 17th Century Controversies

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