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A.W.B. Simpson has recently shown that serious work on legal history can be both readable and entertaining in his Cannibalism and the Common Law.
This collection of essays ranges from the laws of Ethelbert of Kent to the problem of understanding African laws in terms other than those of the English Common Law; they are united by the author's lightness of touch and by his exceptionally wide knowledge of legal sources.
After two pieces on the early history of the Inns of Court there are a number on legal literature: the subjects include:-
He shows that three models of legal systems (those of Hart, Ross and Hohfeld) fail to allow for the complexity of real life. Finally he argues that in many ways the Common Law survived the law reforms of the nineteenth century and that the reduction of it to a theoretical system is never likely to succeed.