The Strange Laws Of Old England Paperback – 2 May 2013
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Because of doubts about their moral character, there is an ordinance in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk banning the naming of streets after Shakespeare, Chaucer Byron or any other great poet; at St Peter's . . . a law forbids ladies showing their ankles in public on pain of being put in the stocks . . . This light-hearted trawl through statute books, both past and present, unearths dozens of similar laws, some of which, bizarrely, are still in force . . . Who said the law was dull? This England"
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The book is divided into lots of chapters, covering most subjects you can think of in law, with stories/facts relating to the use of the obscure laws through the ages.
It's hard to put this book down once you start reading. Some of the laws will shock, some will make you laugh out loud and others will just confuse the mind! It's also an excellent book to just pick up and read a section here and there, so is an ideal coffee-table read.
The only down points are the constant editing mistakes....both in spelling and grammar. Hopefully by the next printed edition those will have been resolved.
Over all, a very enjoyable read.
However - law students wil also find it to contain surprising errors. Perhaps it could be used as a revision guide in this sense. At one point the author states that the House of Lords is bound by its own decisions - this (famously to students of law) has not been the case since Lord Gardener's 1966 Practice Statement. Furthermore as the book continues it does appear that the author really hasn't used legal resources and legal academics to check his work.
This book contains a lot of old laws which, for some reason, are still laws even to this day.
This book provides an entertaining read, and also provides an insight into the history of these laws, how they originated and how they were upheld.
I do not regret buying this book, and is worth the money in my opinion.
Its great laughter all the way through and makes you both proud and shamed to be english, but its also been a great help in learning history to do with my law degree, helps to form a broad knowledge, but besides that, it is superb read for law or non law person alike..
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Yep, good book to dip in and out of...some REALLY weird laws knocking about still !Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer