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11.1 - Legal History

Adams, George B. The Origin of the English Constitution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912. OCLC: 869063

Adams, Henry, Henry Cabot Lodge, Ernest Young, and J. Laurence Laughlin. Essays in Anglo-Saxon Law. Boston: Little, Brown, 1876. OCLC: 1356897
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Appendix contains 35 select cases in Anglo-Saxon law. Text in Latin and Old English with English summaries.

Ault, Warren O. Private Jurisdiction in England. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1923. OCLC: 22130057
Notes: Also available in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Discusses manorial courts including courts baron and courts leet.

Baker, John H. The Common Law Tradition; Lawyers, Books and the Law. London: Hambledon Press, 2000. ISBN: 1852851813

---. An Introduction to English Legal History . 4th ed. London:
Butterworths LexisNexis, 2002. ISBN: 0406930538

---, General. ed. The Oxford History of the Laws of England. v. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003-. v.1: ISBN: 0198258976, v.6: ISBN: 0198258178
Abstract: Vol. 1, by R. H. Helmholz, covers the Canon Law and ecclesiastical jurisdiction from 597 to the 1640's; Vol. 2, (not yet published) will cover 1483-1558; Vol. 6, covers 1483-1558.

Bellamy, John G. The Law of Treason in England in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970. ISBN: 052107830X

Bigelow, Melville M. History of Procedure in England From the Norman Conquest. The Norman Period (1066-1204). Boston: Little, Brown, 1880. OCLC: 4816906
Notes: Also available online in MOML and HeinOnline (subscription databases)

Bolland, William C. The General Eyre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1922. OCLC: 3410671
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: A series of lectures delivered in the University of London discussing the work of the justices in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

---. The Year Books: Lectures Delivered in the University of London at the Request of the Faculty of Laws. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1921. OCLC: 4030286
Abstract: Three lectures on the history of the production and authorship of the year books.

Brand, Paul A. Kings, Barons and Justices : the Making and Enforcement of Legislation in Thirteenth-Century England. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth series, 56. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN: 0521372461

---. The Making of the Common Law. London: Hambledon Press, 1992. ISBN: 1852850701
Abstract: A collection of articles and essays republished from various sources. Most are specifically about the history of the English Common Law focusing on the 13th century.

---. Observing and Recording the Medieval Bar and Bench at Work: the Origins of Law Reporting in England. London: Selden Society, 1999. ISBN: 0854231307
Abstract: Selden Society lecture delivered in the Old Hall of Lincolns Inn, July 6th 1998.

---. The Origins of the English Legal Profession. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992. ISBN: 0631154019

Cam, Helen M. The Hundred and the Hundred Rolls; an Outline of Local Government in Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1930. OCLC: 5878822
Abstract: Appendix I contains the Articles of October 11, 1274 authorizing the inquest into the usurpation of royal rights by the magnates, which resulted in the compilation of the Hundred Rolls.

---. Law-Finders and Law-Makers in Medieval England: Collected Studies in Legal and Constitutional History. London: Merlin Press, 1962. OCLC: 736424

---. Studies in the Hundred Rolls Some Aspects of the Thirteenth-Century Administration. Proceedings Against the Crown (1216-1377). Oxford Studies in Social and Legal History, 6. New York: Octagon Books, 1921. ISBN: 0374961654
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Reviews the articles of the eyre up to the beginning of the reign of Edward I.

Carter, Albert T. A History of the English Courts. 7th ed. London: Butterworth, 1944. OCLC: 155550216
Abstract: Title of earlier editions, A history of English legal institutions.

Chrimes, Stanley B. English Constitutional History. 4th ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1967. OCLC: 29971

Dawson, John P. The Oracles of the Law. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Law School, 1968. OCLC: 433170
Abstract: Compares the influence of case law in the legal systems of England, Rome, France, and Germany. The first chapters give an overview of the predominant role of judges in the creation and development of English law.

Digby, Kenelm E., and William M. Harrison , eds. An Introduction to the History of the Law of Real Property: With Original Authorities. 5th ed. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1897. OCLC: 84314913
Notes: The 1875, 1884, 1892, and 1897 editions also available online in MOML; the 1875 edition available online in HeinOnline (subscription databases)

Fleming, Robin. Domesday Book and the Law Society and Legal Custom in Early Medieval England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. ISBN: 052163038X

Hale, Matthew, and Charles M . Gray. The History of the Common Law of England . Classics of British Historical Literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press , 1971. ISBN: 0226313042
Notes: Also available online in MOML, ECCO, and HeinOnline (subscription databases)

Harding, Alan. The Law Courts of Medieval England. London: Allen & Unwin, 1973. ISBN: 0049421069

Harmer, Florence E. Anglo-Saxon Charters and the Historian . Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1938. OCLC: 13389298

Helmholz, R. H. The Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction From 597 to the 1640s . Oxford history of the laws of England, 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN: 0198258976

Holdsworth, William S. A History of English Law. 17 Vols. London: Methuen, 1902-1972. ISBN: 0421051507
Abstract: Vols. 1-3 discuss the medieval period.

Holt, James C. Magna Carta. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. ISBN: 0521277787
Abstract: A comprehensive study of the Charter in the context of the politics, administration and political thought of England and Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Appendixes reproduce the Charter of 1215 and 1225 and related documents.

Hunnisett, R. F. The Medieval Coroner. Cambridge Studies in English Legal History ed. Holmes Beach, Fla.: W.W. Gaunt, 1961. ISBN: 0912004312
Abstract: Reprinted in 1986.

Hyams, Paul R. King, Lords, and Peasants in Medieval England : the Common Law of Villeinage in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Oxford historical monographs ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980. ISBN: 019821880X

Jolliffe, John E. A. The Constitutional History of Medieval England: From the English Settlement to 1485 . 4th ed. London: A. and C. Black, 1961-. OCLC: 1140656

Kern, Fritz. Kingship and Law in the Middle Ages. New York: Harper & Row, 1956, 1970.
Abstract: Translation by S. B. Chrimes of Kern's Gottesgnadentum und Widerstandsrecht in fruheren Mittelalter. Pt. 1, The divine right of kings and the right of resistance in the early Middle Ages; Pt. 2, Law and constitution in the Middle Ages. OCLC: 1045649

King, Edward B., and Susan J. Ridyard. Law in Mediaeval Life and Thought. Sewanee Mediaeval Studies, 5 ed. Sewanee, Tenn.: The Press of the University of the South, 1990. ISBN: 0918769256

Kynell, Kurt von S. Saxon and Medieval Antecedents of the English Common Law. Studies in British History, 59. Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 2000. ISBN: 0773478736

Levy-Ullmann, Henri. The English Legal Tradition: Its Sources and History. London: Macmillan, 1935. OCLC: 2481282
Abstract: Translated from the French by M. Mitchell, with a foreword by W. S. Holdsworth.

Liebermann, Felix. U¨Ber Die Leges Edwardi Confessoris. Halle a.S.: M. Niemeyer, 1896. OCLC: 60714648
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Study of Leges Edwardi Confessoris, a twelfth century treatise on the laws of Edward the Confessor, 1042-1066. Probably compiled in the last years of Henry I, it purports to give us the law of Edward as it was stated to William the Conqueror in the fourth year of his reign by juries representing various parts of England. Incorporated in Liebermann's Gesetze .

---. Zu Den Gesetzen Der Angelsachsen . Weimar: Hof-Buchdruckerei, 1885. OCLC: 81237964
Notes: Available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Text in German.

Lyon, Bryce D. A Constitutional and Legal History of Medieval England. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 1980. ISBN: 0393951324

Maitland, Frederic W., and Herbert A. L. The Constitutional History of England, a Course of Lectures. London: Cambridge University Press, 1908. OCLC: 492651
Abstract: Reprinted in 1963.

Maitland, Frederic W., and Francis C. Montague . A Sketch of English Legal History. New York: Putnam, 1915. OCLC: 22514197
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)

McKechnie, William S. Magna Carta; a Commentary on the Great Charter of King John. 2nd ed. Glasgow: J. Maclehose and Sons, 1914. OCLC: 2882098
Notes: Also available online in MOML and HeinOnline (subscription databases)

Meekings, Cecil A. F. Studies in 13th Century Justice and Administration. London: Hambledon Press, 1981. ISBN: 0950688231
Abstract: A collection of Meekings' writings republished from various sources.

Milsom, Stroud F. C. Historical Foundations of the Common Law. 2nd ed. London: Butterworths, 1981. ISBN: 0406625026

---. The Legal Framework of English Feudalism: the Maitland Lectures Given in 1972. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. ISBN: 0521209471

---. Studies in the History of the Common Law. London: Hambledon Press, 1985. ISBN: 0907628613

Morris, William A. The Early English County Court. An Historical Treatise With Illustrative Documents. Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press, 1926. OCLC: 2487358

---. The Medieval English Sheriff to 1300. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1927. ISBN: 0719003423
Abstract: Reprinted in 1988 by Barnes & Noble, N.Y.

Musson, Anthony. Medieval Law in Context: the Growth of Legal Consciousness From Magna Carta to the Peasants' Revolt. Manchester Medieval Studies. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0719054931

---. Public Order and Law Enforcement: the Local Administration of Criminal Justice, 1294-1350. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1996. ISBN: 0851156355

Musson, Anthony, and W. M. Ormrod . The Evolution of English Justice: Law, Politics and Society in the Fourteenth Century. London: Macmillan, 1998. ISBN: 0333676718

Oliver, Lisi, ed. The Beginnings of English Law. Toronto Medieval Texts and Translations, 14. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
Abstract: Includes the text and translations of the laws of Aethelberht, Hlophere & Eadric, and Wihtred. Includes a list of previous editions and translations of the Kentish Laws.

Palmer, Robert C. The County Courts of Medieval England, 1150-1350. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1982. ISBN: 0691053413
Notes: Also available online as an ACLS Humanities E-book, University of Michigan Library (subscription database)
---. English Law in the Age of the Black Death, 1348-1381. Studies in Legal History ed. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina, 1993. ISBN: 0807820997
Abstract: Includes extensive appendixes of primary sources in English translation.

Petit-Dutaillis, Charles E. Studies and Notes Supplementary to Stubbs' Constitutional History. 3 Vols. in 2. University of Manchester publications, 38, 91 & 197. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1908-1929. OCLC: 61641216
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database) Abstract: Translation of: Notes et etudes historiques which appeared in Histoire constitutionnelle de l'Angleterre, the French edition of Stubbs' Constitutional history. Vol. 3 by Charles Petit-Dutaillis and Georges Lefebvre; translated by M. I. E. Robertson and R. F. Treharne.

Plucknett, Theodore F. T. A Concise History of the Common Law. 5th ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1956. OCLC: 933912

---. Legislation of Edward I: The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford in Hilary Term 1947 . Oxford: Clarendon, 1962. OCLC: 983476
Abstract: Six lectures including an introduction to the nature of legislation in the period, a discussion of feudal justice, the relationship of lords and tenants, land ownership, family law, and commerce.

---. Statutes and Their Interpretation in the First Half of the Fourteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1922. OCLC: 7525542
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Appendix I contains the text, with translation of the
Statute of Marlborough, c. 9; the Statute of Westminster I, c. 40; the Statute of Westminster II, c. 3; the Statute of Westminster III, c. 48. Appendix II contains select cases from the year books of Edward I, II, and III.

---. Studies in English Legal History. London: Hambledon Press, 1983. ISBN: 0907628117
Abstract: Reprints of papers from various law reviews and scholarly journals.

Pollock, Frederick, and Frederic W. Maitland. The History of English Law before the Time of Edward I. 2 Vols. 2nd ed. Cambridge: University Press, 1923. ISBN: 0521095158 (v.1) 0521095166 (v.2)
Abstract: Vol. 1 provides a general outline of English legal history up to the accession of Edward I. Vol. 2 expounds the doctrines and rules of law which prevailed in the years of Glanville and Bracton, under Henry II, his sons and grandson.

Potter, Harold, and Albert K. R. Kiralfy. Potter's Historical Introduction to English Law and Its Institutions. 4th ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1958. OCLC: 1822942
Abstract: Ties in with Kiralfy, A Sourcebook of English Law.

Powell, Edward. Kingship, Law, and Society: Criminal Justice in the Reign of Henry V . Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989. ISBN: 019820082X

Richardson, Henry G., and George O. Sayles. Law and Legislation From Aethelberht to Magna Carta. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1966. OCLC: 879833
Abstract: Appendix contains the parallel texts from the fourth section of the Leges Willelmi, the Instituta Cnuti, and the Quadripartitus.

Sayers, Jane E. Law and Records in Medieval England: Studies on the Medieval Papacy, Monasteries and Records . Collected Studies Series, CS278. London: Variorum Reprints, 1988. ISBN: 0860782263

Squibb, George D. The High Court of Chivalry; a Study of the Civil Law in England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. OCLC: 408398

Stewart Brown, Ronald D. The Serjeants of the Peace in Medieval England and Wales. University of Manchester Publications. Historical Series, 71. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1936. OCLC: 4563847

Stubbs, William, and James Cornford. The Constitutional History of England in Its Origin and Development. 3 Vols. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1897. OCLC: 38560614
Abstract: Abridged version published by University of Chicago Press in 1979.

Sutherland, Donald W, ed. Quo Warranto Proceedings in the Reign of Edward I, 1278-1294. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963. OCLC: 408401
Abstract: Appendix I contains select documents; Appendix II contains a list of eyres for 1278-1294

Turner, Ralph V. The English Judiciary in the Age of Glanvill and Bracton, C.1176-1239. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. ISBN: 052126510X
Abstract: A study of the evolution of a professional judiciary in medieval England through the careers of forty-nine royal justices from the last decade of Henry II until 1239. Appendix lists the Royal Justices from ca. 1176-1239

---. Judges, Administrators and the Common Law in Angevin England. London: Hambledon Press, 1994. ISBN: 185285104X

---. The King and His Courts; the Role of John and Henry III in the Administration of Justice, 1199-1240. Ithica, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1968. OCLC: 443607

Van Caenegem, Raoul C. The Birth of the English Common Law. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN: 0521356822

Wilkinson, Bertie, ed. The Constitutional History of Medieval England: 1216-1399, With Select Documents. 3 Vols. London:
Longmans, Green, 1948-1958. OCLC: 1862005
Abstract: A compilation, grouped by topic and with extensive interpretative commentary, of the main documents of importance for the study of medieval constitutional history. English translation.

Wormald, Patrick. The Making of English Law: King Alfred to the Twelfth Century. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999-. ISBN: 0631134964

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