The Oxford History of the Laws of England Volume II: 871-1216

Hardcover | March 28, 2012

byJohn Hudson

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This volume in the landmark Oxford History of the Laws of England series, spans three centuries that encompassed the tumultuous years of the Norman conquest, and during which the common law as we know it today began to emerge. The first full-length treatment of all aspects of the earlydevelopment of the English common law in a century, featuring extensive research into the original sources that bring the era to life, and providing an interpretative account, a detailed subject analysis, and fascinating glimpses into medieval disputes. Starting with King Alfred (871-899), this book examines the particular contributions of the Anglo-Saxon period to the development of English law, including the development of a powerful machinery of royal government, significant aspects of a long-lasting court structure, and important elements oflaw relating to theft and violence. Until the reign of King Stephen (1135-54), these Anglo-Saxon contributions were maintained by the Norman rulers, whilst the Conquest of 1066 led to the development of key aspects of landholding that were to have a continuing effect on the emerging common law. TheAngevin period saw the establishment of more routine royal administration of justice, closer links between central government and individuals in the localities, and growing bureaucratization. Finally, the later twelfth and earlier thirteenth century saw influential changes in legal expertise. Thebook concludes with the rebellion against King John in 1215 and the production of the Magna Carta. Laying out in exhaustive detail the origins of the English common law through the ninth to the early thirteenth centuries, this book will be essential reading for all legal historians and a vital work of reference for academics, students, and practitioners.

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This volume in the landmark Oxford History of the Laws of England series, spans three centuries that encompassed the tumultuous years of the Norman conquest, and during which the common law as we know it today began to emerge. The first full-length treatment of all aspects of the earlydevelopment of the English common law in a century,...

John Hudson is Professor of Legal History and Head of the School of History at the University of St Andrews, and also Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor. He was an undergraduate, postgraduate, and Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Historic...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:928 pagesPublished:March 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroductoryI. The History of Law and the History of DisputesAnglo-Saxon EnglandII. Kings and LawIII. CourtsIV. Court ProcedureV. LandVI. MovablesVII. Theft and ViolenceVIII. StatusIX. Family and MarriageX. ConclusionAnglo-Norman EnglandXI. Kings and LawXII. CourtsXIII. Court ProcedureXIV. LandXV. MovablesXVI. Theft and ViolenceXVII. StatusXVIII. Family and MarriageXIX. Forest Laws from Anglo-Saxon England to the Early Thirteenth CenturyXX. ConclusionAngevin EnglandXXI. Kings and LawXXII. CourtsXXIII. Court Procedure in Land CasesXXIV. LandXXV. MovablesXXVI. Agreements and DebtXXVII. Theft and ViolenceXXVIII. StatusXXIX. Family and MarriageXXX. Borough LawXXXI. Magna Carta and the Common LawAppendix: The SourcesBibliography