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It is believed that no satisfactory modern history of Lincoln's Inn exists. Much raw material in the shape of excerpts from its Black Books was published half a century ago; but these excerpts are not generally available; they stopped short at 1845; and they provided no narrative.
Judge Sir Gerald Hurst, K.C., has been a Bencher of the Inn since 1924 and was its Treasurer in 1944. In this authoritative volume, adorned by many pictures and portraits, he traces its vicissitudes from its origin in the fourteenth century down to 1945, and describes the slowly changing life and customs of the Society.
There are character sketches of the Inn's famous men, descriptions of its buildings, accounts of its great events. Every lawyer should read the book. Its lively story of old manners and habits, its rpany sidelights on social and political history, should appeal, however, to a much wider public.
Their organic growth, their freedom from all outside interference and their com¬plete control over the barrister's profession are distinctive characteristics of the Inns of Court. These attributes are here analysed and illustrated from within.