Rose makes the case that, although much has been written about medieval criminal law, significantly less work has been done on medieval prisons. Hence, Geltner, a postdoctoral fellow in medieval history at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, makes an important contribution with the book.
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Rose's primary scholarly interests involve medieval and early modern English legal history, and his research focuses on the history and regulation of the legal profession and the operation of the medieval legal system. He also has written on early defamation law, medieval prisons, and the historiography of legal history. Rose, who joined the faculty in 1968 and was an Associate Dean from 1987-90, teaches Legal History, Antitrust, Contracts and Legal Ethics, and has received numerous teaching awards. He also is a Faculty Affiliate of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at ASU. He is the author of numerous articles on legal history, antitrust, economic and occupational regulation, and legal ethics.