Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 
Book — 1 online resource (xxi, 215 pages).
English law and Puritan society : the legal and social foundations of order, 1629/1640
Real property litigation : the social and economic backgrounds of legal change
Outsiders and subgroups : the coordinative functions of the court
From communalism to litigation : the elevation of law and legal forms
The court and the community : law in a postrevolutionary Puritan society
Challenges to the law : the conflict of legal and extra legal methods of social control
Law, magic, and disorder : the crisis of the Interregnum, 1684-1692
Epilogue: A contentious and well-ordered people.
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.Originally published 1979.A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value. (source: Nielsen Book Data)