Much has been written about law in Measure for Measure. But law in the play is not one single thing, an absolute against which various forms of illicit liberty and transgression are played off. In terms of the plays meaning for London, we need to distinguish between different kinds of law: between local law, which is inscribed in specific places and bound within their limits, and unlocalised law, which operates, sometimes with apparent wilfulness, across boundaries, outside the limits of place. London and its environs were a crazy quilt of different legal jurisdictions, some inextricable from topography; others more global, independent of topographical boundaries.
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