We have seen something of the pattern of early modern crime and of the array of courts operating at the time. But what of the territory in between? Was there a satisfactory system of bringing people to court once a crime had been committed? And were there in place mechanisms to put the rulings of the court into effect once a decision had been made? It is the purpose of this chapter to suggest that by the close of the sixteenth century there was in existence a sophisticated and many-layered system of law enforcement and that, if anything, this system became more complex and effective as time went by.
KeywordsEighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Sixteenth Century Century Reformer County Gaol
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