Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus

Number of page: 502
Author: Paul Delaney Halliday
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674049017
Category: History

We call habeas corpus the Great Writ of Liberty. But it was actually a writ of power. In a work based on an unprecedented study of thousands of cases across more than five hundred years, Paul Halliday provides a sweeping revisionist account of the world’s most revered legal device.In the decades around 1600, English judges used ideas about royal power to empower themselves to protect the king’s subjects. The key was not the prisoner’s

About The Author

Paul D. Halliday is Professor of History at the University of Virginia.


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    LibraryThing Review Halliday’s book tests the traditional image of habeas corpus as a defense of personal freedom from royal abuse against the reality to be found in a sampling of cases over four centuries (1500 to 1800