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Habeas Corpus

From England to Empire

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674064201

Publication Date: 04/02/2012

Academic Trade

512 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on the Text
  • Introduction: Hearing the Sighs of Prisoners
  • I. Making Habeas Corpus
    • 1. The Jailer Jailed: 1605 and Beyond
    • 2. Writing Habeas Corpus
    • 3. Writ of the Prerogative
  • II. Using Habeas Corpus
    • 4. Making Judgments
    • 5. Making Jurisdiction
    • 6. Making Liberties, Making Subjects
  • III. Habeas Corpus, Bound and Unbound
    • 7. Legislators as Judges
    • 8. Writ Imperial
    • 9. The Palladium of Liberty in Law’s Empire
  • Appendix: A Survey of Habeas Corpus Use, 1500–1800
  • Notes
  • Manuscript Sources
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2011 Inner Temple Book Prize, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • A New Statesman Favorite Read of 2010
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