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Sir William Searle Holdsworth: A History of English Law Volume 3: Book III - Mediaeval Common Law 5th ed (1066 - 1485)

ISBN13: 9780421050303
ISBN: 0421050306
Published: April 1942
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £135.00

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Sir William Searle Holdsworth was professor of constitutional law at University College, London (1903–8). After 1922 he was Vinerian professor of English law at Oxford. Holdsworth's greatest achievement is his History of English Law in 17 Volumes.

Sir William Holdsworth's monumental legal history extends from Anglo-Saxon times to the nineteenth-century Judicature Acts. It was interrupted by his death in 1945, when he had reached Volume 12.

Subsequent volumes have been edited by Professors A. L. Goodhart and H. G. Hanbury, at first from Holdsworth's typescript and later, with more difficulty, from his manuscript notes.

Volume 3 consists of the second and larger part of Book III-The Mediaeval Common Law and covers the period I066-1485. It is concerned with the rules of law.

Chapter I deals with the land law, under the headings:-

  • The Real Actions;
  • Free Tenure,
  • Unfree Tenure, and Chattels Real;
  • The Free Tenures and Their Incidents;
  • The Power of Alienation;
  • Seisin;
  • Estates;
  • Incorporeal Things;
  • Inheritance;
  • Curtsey and Dower;
  • Unfree Tenure;
  • The Term of Years;
  • The Modes and Forms of Conveyance;
  • and Special Customs.
      Chapter II deals with Crime and Tort under the headings:-
      • Self-help;
      • Treason;
      • Benefit of Clergy, and Sanctuary and Abjuration;
      • Principal and Accessory;
      • Offences Against the Person;
      • Possession and Ownership of Chattels;
      • Wrongs to Property;
      • The Principles of Liability;
      • and Lines of Future Development.
          Chapter III deals with contract and quasi-contract, Chapter IV with the question of status, under the headings:-
          • The King;
          • The Incorporate Person;
          • The Villeins;
          • The Infant;
          • The Married Woman;
              Chapter V with the succession of chattels, under the headings:-
              • The Last Will;
              • Restrictions on Testation and Intestate Succession;
              • The Representation of the Deceased,
                  Chapter VI with procedure and pleading, under the headings:-
                  • The Criminal Law;
                  • The Civil Law.

Legal History
Publishing History
First Published 1908
Second Edition 1914
Third Edition, Rewritten 1923
Fourth Edition 1934
Fifth Edition 1942
Reprinted 1966

Part 1: Sources and General Development
Chapter 1: The Intellectual Political and Legal Ideas of the Middle Ages
Chapter 2: The Norman Conquest to Magna Carta
Chapter 3: The Reign of Henry III
Chapter 4: The Reign of Edward 1
Chpater 5: The Fourteenth and Fifteench Centuries
Part 2: The Rules of Law
Chapter I: The Land Law
The Real Actions
Free Tenure, Unfree Tenure and Chattels Real
The Free Tenure and Their Incidents
The Power of Alienation
Incoporeal Things
Curtsey and Dower
Unfree Tenure
The Term of Years
The Modes and Forms of Conveyance
Special Customs
Chapter II: Crime and Tort
Self help
Benefit of Clergy and Sanctuary and Abjuration
Principal and Accessory
Offences Against the Person
Possession and Ownership of Chattels
Wrongs to Property
The Principles of Liability
Lines of Future Development
Chapter III: Contract and Quasi Contract
Chapter IV: Status
The King
The Incorporate Person
The Villeins
The Infant
The Married Woman
Chapter V: Succession to Chattels
The Last Will
Restrictions on Testation and Intestate Succession
The representation of the Deceased
Chapter VI: Procedure and Pleading
The Criminal Law
The Civil Law;

Series: Holdsworth: A History of English Law

Sir William Searle Holdsworth: A History of English Law: Set of 17 Volumes ISBN 9780421313408
Published January 1972
Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Sir William Searle Holdsworth: A History of English Law Volume 17: General Index ISBN 9780421175600
Published January 1972
Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
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