Viewing Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, "A General View of the Criminal Law of England" (1863).
Two decades before his acclaimed three volume "A History of the Criminal Law of England" was published, James Fitzjames Stephen wrote "A General View of the Criminal Law of England." In a "Preface" he elaborates on his aims:
?The present work is intended neither for practical use nor for an introduction to professional study. Its object is to give an account of the general scope, tendency, and design of an important part of our institutions, of which surely none can have a greater moral significance, or be more closely connected with broad principles of morality and politics, than those by which men rightfully, deliberately, and in cold blood, kill, enslave, and otherwise torment their fellow-creatures. It surely ought to be possible to explain the principles of such a system in a manner both intelligible and