Cocking a snook at Star Chamber

The Court of Star ChamberGlossary - opens new window became notorious both for its use of royal power to override the rights of citizens under the common lawGlossary - opens new window and for the brutality of its punishments. In this case the defendant's previous convictions are cited as the first part of the evidence against him, and his punishments involve public humiliation. It is soon clear, however, that the defendant, Edward Colemore, is using and abusing his knowledge of the common law to enrich himself at the expense of his poorer neighbours, who see Star Chamber as protector of their interests against him. Colemore has also been crafty or powerful enough to successfully evade his punishments.
Catalogue reference: STAC 8/149/1 (7 February 1615)



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