Law and Society in Puritan Massachusetts: Essex County, 1629-1692

David Thomas Konig.

Published January 1981. Order online through The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0-8078-4081-8.

Distinguished by the critical value it assigns to law in Puritan society, this study describes precisely how the Massachusetts legal system differed from England’s and how equity and an adapted common law became so useful to ordinary individuals. The author discovers that law gradually replaced religion and communalism as the source of social stability, and he gives a new interpretation to the witchcraft prosecutions of 1692.

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