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The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I 2nd ed: Volume 1


ISBN13: 9780521095150
ISBN: 0521095158
Published: June 1968
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Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £72.00



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Originally published in 1895, with a second edition in 1898, and the reissued in 1968 with a new introduction and select bibliography by S.F.C. Milsom

Although this book was envisaged as a joint venture and bears the name of both Pollock and Maitland, it is substantially the work of Maitland, it was recognised at once as a masterpiece and has since been accepted as one of the great histories in the English language.

In Maitland’s lifetime Acton pronounced him the ablest historian in England. Plucknett said that ‘everything he wrote exercises a deep fascination and a personal attraction’. To Sir Maurice Powicke he was ‘one of the immortals’. Lord Annan, in the preface to his Leslie Stephen, called him ‘perhaps the greatest of all professional historians’.

To read The History of English Law even sixty years after Maitland’s death, is to feel at once the touch of a master. That touch could only be weakened by editing, so the present issue is a reprint of the second edition but with an introductory essay and a select bibliography by S. F. C. Milsom, Professor of Legal History in the University of London.

Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
List of Abbreviations
List of Texts
Addenda
Book 1: Sketch of Early English Legal History;
The Dark Age in Legal History
Anglo-Saxon Law
Norman Law
England Under the Norman Kings
Roman and Canon Law
The Age of Glanvill
The Age of Bracton
Book II: The Doctrines of English Law in the Early Middle Ages;
Tenure
The Sorts and Conditions of Men
Jurisdiction and the Communities of the Land
Ownership and Possession
Contract
Inheritance
Family Law
Crime and Tort
Procedure