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The importance of the law in early modern England and the interest of the legal profession and its workings are both acknowledged by historians. Yet a great deal of research remains to the done, especially on the period termed by J. H. Baker 'The Dark Age of Legal History'.
Few other writers have however done as much to establish landmarks in this area and to map out avenues for future investigation. Dr. Baker's work is marked by an ability, shown in his An Introduction to English Legal History, to write clearly on technical subjects, and an exceptional knowledge of both old legal books and the manuscript sources.
The Legal Profession and the Common Law is a substantial and coherent collection of articles written over the last fifteen years by Dr. Baker. Amongst the topics dealt with are:-