The Strange Laws Of Old England

The Strange Laws Of Old England

by Nigel Cawthorne


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Did you know that: It's against the law to check into a hotel in London under assumed names for the purpose of lovemaking? Under a statute of Edwards II all whales washed up on the shore belong to the monarch? Under a Tudor law Welshmen are not allowed into the city of Chester after dark?

In THE STRANGE LAWS OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne unearths an extraordinary collection of the most bizarre and arcane laws that have been enacted over the centuries. Some of the laws, incredibly, are still in force. It is still illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour . . . This elegant and amusing book is perfect for everyone fascinated by the eccentric history of these islands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749954154
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne has been a writer for nearly 30 years, writing a number of successful popular history books; Nigel Cawthorne lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Curious Courts 9

2 Fabulously Feudal 23

3 No Fun 42

4 The Laws that Never Were 56

5 Sexual Strictures 64

6 Diet and Apparel 79

7 Courtroom Capers 84

8 Other Jurisdictions 89

9 Curious Cases 101

10 The Word is Law 113

11 Laughable Libels 122

12 Parliamentary Peculiarities 127

13 Peculiar Punishments 132

14 Die Laughing 157

15 Silliness in the City 175

16 Provincial Peccadilloes 197

17 It Doesn't Add Up 207

18 Wacky Witch Laws 216

19 Death Is No Excuse 229

20 Rank and Rancour 236

21 Long Arm of the Law 243

22 The Peculiarities of Prerogative 249

23 Transports of Delight 262

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