‘Paradise lost? Law, literature, and history in Restoration England’
Wednesday 9 October, 2013, 5.15 pm
Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English
Christopher Brooks, Professor of Legal History at the University of Durham, will give a paper entitled ‘Paradise lost? Law, literature, and history in Restoration England’.
Prompted by the relative lack of ‘law and literature’ studies devoted to the second half of the seventeenth century, the lecture starts with a consideration of the relationship between ‘law and literature’ and legal history in the century between 1550 and 1640. It then looks at some of the significant transformations in legal life from 1640 through the Restoration period, and asks how literature (broadly defined) might help us better understand them.
Professor Brooks has wide-ranging research interests in the history of early-modern England, with a particular focus on the law and its social and cultural implications. His publications include Law, Politics and Society in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), and he is currently preparing the 1625-1689 volume of the Oxford History of the Laws of England.