Richard Roose and the Injustice of Tudor Law

Countries are often judged by the functioning of their legal system. This is usually viewed in two ways. Primarily, the laws which countries chose to pass and uphold are often used to gauge the general morality of their customs. For example, when Brunei recently made homosexual intercourse an offence punishable by death, there was international outrage and boycotts were organised against certain Bruneian institutions. This type of criticism, whilst often justified, is — however — always open to the influence of cultural relativism. Similarly, criticising laws enacted in the past, such as the Buggery Act of 1533, is often justified but can theoretically be rebutted by the argument that England had a different moral standard back then.

Derek Bentley
Sir Richard Empson (left), Henry VII (middle), and Sir Edmund Dudley (Right)
John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester

Interested in History. Specifically, Tudor History and the Middle Ages in England.

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