A very welcome book. It deals with a crucial yet under-studied period in the history of the medieval English legal system, and emphasises the interaction of law and society. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEWA major contribution not only to legal but also to political and social history. HISTORY The final phase in Angevin administrative advances in England was crucial in determining the shape and principal features of England's new judicial system. This study concentrates on the personnel of local justice and the wider administrative context to build up a composite picture of attitudes to public order and law enforcement through a systematic examination of the surviving legal records.Dr ANTHONY MUSSON gained his Ph.D. from Cambridge University.