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Empire and law, ‘Firmly united by the circle of the British diadem’
Dana Y. Rabin

promises. We see that Britain's image as an imperial nation bound by law formed alongside the violence and the restriction of rights in both colonial and metropolitan settings. Equality before the law? What did equality before the law mean in practice? Medieval law had created a patchwork of jurisdictions, many of which were overlapping, awarding certain privileges to particular

in Britain and its internal others, 1750–1800
Slavery, villeinage, and the making of whiteness in the Somerset case (1772)
Dana Y. Rabin

because ‘at the very moment the colonial slave trade began to soar, feudal law and slavery were grouped together and identified as characteristic of Europe's past and of a non-European present’. 38 In the legal discussion of villeinage traced below the legal commentators and lawyers highlight the medieval law of villeinage to make a distinction between villeins and Africans caught in

in Britain and its internal others, 1750–1800