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History of the Middle Temple

Edited by: Richard O. Havery

ISBN13: 9781841134215
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

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The history of the Middle Temple is a long and fascinating one. Templars held the estate of the Temple from the twelfth century until their suppression in the early fourteenth century; thereafter the lawyers came.

Its magnificent Tudor Hall was completed in 1574. By Elizabethan times the Inns of Court were known colloquially as the Third University of England and many persons other than lawyers had become members - among them Sir Walter Raleigh, Elias Ashmole, Edward Hyde (Earl of Clarendon), William Congreve, Henry Fielding, Edmund Burke, William Cowper and William Makepeace Thackeray.

Another Middle Templar and explorer was Bartholomew Gosnold, discoverer of Cape Cod, who named a nearby island Martha's Vineyard in honour of his six-year old daughter. From those beginnings grew the thirteen American colonies and in due course five Middle Templars signed the American Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776. Moreover, the US Constitution was drafted by a committee chaired by yet another Middle Templar, John Rutledge who, along with six other Middle Templars, was among its 39 original signatories.

The story of the Inn in modern times has seen it become one of the world's pre-eminent centres for legal education and practice.

This History of the Middle Temple written by a team of eminent lawyers and legal historians, is the product of original research in the archives of the Middle Temple, and will be a treasure trove of information about the Inn and its diverse history and influence.

Legal History, The Inns of Court
Editor's Note
Author Biographies
List of Plates and Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Prologue: The Knights Templar
Jonathan Riley Smith
Article: The Temple Church
John Toulmin ;
Chapter 1: The First Two Centuries
John Baker ;
Article: Buildings of the Middle Temple
Richard O. Havery
Chapter 2: Conflict, Change and Continuity: Elizabeth I to the Great Temple Fire
Wilfrid Prest ;
Article: The Maritime Connection
Richard Hill
Article: Literary Associations of the Middle Temple
Jessica Winston
Appendix: Men of Letters Associated with the Middle Temple
Lesley Whitelaw
Chapter 3: The Unreformed Middle Temple
Wilfrid Prest
Article: The American Connection
John Colyer
Appendix: The American Connection
John Colyer ;
Chapter 4: The Middle Temple in the 19th Century
Raymond Cocks
Article: The Inn as a Disciplinary Body
David Woolley ;
Chapter 5: The Middle Temple Since 1900
Eric Stockdale ;
Index of names ;
Index ;