Saxon and Medieval Antecedents of the English Common Law (Studies in British History S. No. 59)

Saxon and Medieval Antecedents of the English Common Law (Studies in British History S. No. 59)

By: Kurt Von S. Kynell (author)Hardback

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This volume provides an interdisciplinary approach to legal history, utilizing law, linguistics, cultural anthropology and social history to document and analyze the slow but steady growth of the English common law from Anglo-Saxon times to the 19th century.


Anglo-Saxon precedents - the problems of language and custom from King Alfred's time; the Norman conquest and Saxon law - abrupt change or assimilation?; clerical versus secular law and the problems of jurisdiction - knights and priests from William Rufus to Stephen; jurisprudential watershed - the reign of Henry and the revolution in writs; Richard, John, Crusaders and Irish law - fait accompli legatus; judicial craftsmanship from Glanville to Bracton - sheriffs, judges and lawyers; Henry III, the writ of trespass, and the impact of the templars; cathedrals and construction - obligatu quasi ex contractu; Edward I and quo warranto - English and French law; nullus justitio omnibus - the dreadful century; medievalism to modern state - ad vitam aut culpam; Tudors to Stuarts - Lord Coke and the law; conclusion - common law legacies - Blackstone and Holmes.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773478732
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780773478732
  • ISBN10: 0773478736

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