Helmholz, R. H., ed. Select Cases on Defamation to 1600. SS, 101 for 1985. London: Selden Society, 1985.
Abstract: Select cases chosen "to illustrate the development of private remedies for defamation, and to provide the basis for a comparison between the Canon law and the English practice in both the spiritual and temporal courts." Part I contains 30 cases from the ecclesiastical courts between ca.1290 and 1593. Part II contains 30 cases from various local courts, mostly of manors or boroughs, between 1245-1539. Parts III and IV cover sixteenth century cases.