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The Conquest of DeathViolence and the Birth of the Modern English State$
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Matthew Lockwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300217063

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300217063.001.0001

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The Changing Nature of Control

The Changing Nature of Control

(p.238) Six The Changing Nature of Control
The Conquest of Death

Matthew Lockwood

Yale University Press

The robust central oversight of the coroner system achieved in the 1530s began to erode by the middle of the seventeenth century. Chapter 6 explores the possible causes for this erosion in central oversight of the coroner system and the concomitant decline of forfeiture litigation. The second half of the seventeenth century was undoubtedly a time of crisis for state and citizen alike and the chaos and uncertainty of the era was no doubt at least partially responsible for shifting the gaze of the state away from the regulation of violence and towards other, more pressing political and military agendas. And yet, while the effects of such political and legal instability on the regular oversight of the legal system is demonstrated, it is also shown that even in an age of crisis the coroner system and the regulation of violence continued to operate. Inured to a system of justice, coroners and communities continued to hold their inquests and culpability for violent death continued to be determined. The eyes of the central government may not have been fixed on the coroner system as strongly as before, but criminal death was still punished and the monopoly of violence maintained.

Keywords:   Civil Wars, Star Chamber, King’s Bench, Almoner, Decentralization, Glorious Revolution

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