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Bracton's Note Book: A Collection of Cases Decided in the King's Courts During the Reign of Henry the Third

Edited by: Frederic Maitland

ISBN13: 9781108010313
Published: October 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback, 3 Volumes (Hardback in 1887)
Price: £108.00

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Henry of Bracton (or Bratton) (c. 1210-1268) was a jurist who worked as a Justice of Assize in the south-west of England, and was the author of the first systematic discussion of English common law.

The manuscripts which form Bracton's Note Book were discovered in the British Museum in 1884 by Vinogradoff, and were edited in three volumes in 1887 by Frederic Maitland. These volumes contain a collection of over 2,000 lawsuits from the thirteenth century, each with a description of how the law should be applied to this set of circumstances.

This is the first example of case law in English legal writing, and its usefulness as a record of legal precedent probably led to the creation of Year Rolls (official records of court cases) from 1268.

  • Volume 1: Apparatus
  • Volume 2: Text
  • Volume 3: Text

Legal History
Volume 1
Table of contents
Vinogradoff's letter to the Athenaeum
Note on the classification of the Plea Rolls
List of MSS. of Bracton's Treatise to which reference has been made
Volume 2
Pleas in the Bench
Volume 3
Pleas in the Bench
Pleas before the King
Pleas in the Bench
Pleas from the Eyres