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The Common Law Tradition: Lawyers, Books and the Law

ISBN13: 9781852851811
ISBN: 1852851813
Published: August 1999
Publisher: Hambledon Continuum
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

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The essays in this volume are concerned with the traditions that have shaped the common law and the English legal mind through history, notably the profession, its structure, its technical language and its literature. The Inns of Court and chancery are a central issue in the text.

However the author also looks at institutions, such as local courts, which operated on the fringes of the common law, as well as courses in conveyancing provided at Oxford between the 13th- and 15th-centuries, the origins of law reporting and the first identifiable English year-book reporter.

There is also an account of the short-lived practice of reporting criminal cases at Newgate in the early 14th-century and a suggestion that the spread of law reporting on the continent of Europe was begun by Englishmen serving in the 14th-century curia at Avignon.

Legal History
The third university of England; the division of the Temple; the division of the Temple; inner, middle and outer; the inns of court and legal doctrine; the judges as visitors to inns of court; the degree of barrister; audience in the courts; the rank of Queen's counsel; case-law in England and Continental Europe; Dr Thomas Fastolf an the history of law reporting; case-law in medieval England; some early Newgate reports, 1315-26; John Bryte's reports and the yearbooks of Henry IV; editing the sources of English legal history; the three languages of English law; Westminster Hall; personal actions in the high court of Battle Abbey, 1450-1602; the use of assumpsit for restitutionary money claims, 1500-88; personal liberty under the common law, 1200-16--; funeral monuments and the heir; Sir John Melton's case - Cockermouth Castle and the three Silver Luces.