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Title:
A concise history of the common law
Author:
Plucknett, Theodore Frank Thomas, 1897-1965.
ISBN:
9780865978072
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Liberty Fund, 2010.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 746, [56] pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: 5th ed. Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1956.

"This book is published by Liberty Fund, Inc., a foundation established to encourage study of the ideal of a free and responsible individuals."
Contents:
Theodore F.T. Plucknett, A Concise History of the Common Law ; Front Matter ; Title Page ; Copyright Details ; Preface to the Fifth Edition, p. v ; Table of Contents, p. vii ; Table of Mediaeval Cases, p. xi ; Table of Modern Cases, p. xvii ; Table of Laws and Statutes, p. xix ; Book One: A General Survey of Legal History ; Part I. The Crown and the State, p. 1 ; Summary, p. 2 ; A General Survey of Legal History, p. 3 ; 1. The Anglo-Saxon Period: Races and Relgion, p. 6 ; 2. The Conquest to Henry II: The Beginnings of Administration, p. 11 3. The Great Charters: Law Separates From Administration, p. 20 4. Edward I to Richard II: Statutes and Social Revolution, p. 27 ; 5. The Fifteenth Century: The Problem of Enforcement, p. 35 ; 6. The Tudors: Renaissance, Reformation, and Reception, p. 39 ; 7. The Stuarts: Struggle for the Supremacy of Law, p. 48 ; 8. The Eighteenth Century: Industrial Revolution, p. 65 ; 9. The Nineteenth Century: Liberalism and Reform, p. 73 ; Part 2. The Courts and the Profession, p. 77 ; Summary, p. 78 ; The Courts and the Profession, p. 79 ; 1. The Communal Courts, p. 83 2. Seignorial Jurisdiction, p. 95 3. The Crown and Local Courts, p. 101 ; 4. The Jury, p. 106 ; 5. The Origins of the Central Courts, p. 139 ; 6. The Elaboration of the Judicial System: 1307-1509, p. 157 ; 7. The Tudors and the Common Law Courts, p. 170 ; 8. The Rise of the Prerogative Courts, p. 176 ; 9. Prerogative, Equity and Law Under the Stuarts, p. 191 ; 10. Parliament and the Privy Council, p. 199 ; 11. The Courts in the Nineteenth Century, p. 207 ; 12. The Legal Profession, p. 215 ; 13. The Growth of the Judiciary, p. 231 ; 14. Professional Literature, p. 252 Part 3. Some Factors in Legal History, p. 291 Summary, p. 292 ; Some Factors in Legal History, p. 293 ; 1. The Civil Law of Rome, p. 294 ; 2. The Canon Law of the Church, p. 301 ; 3. Custom, p. 307 ; 4. Legislation, p. 315 ; 5. The Principle of Precedent, p. 342 ; Book Two: Special Part ; Part 1. Procedure, p. 351 ; Summary, p. 352 ; 1. The Forms of Action, p. 353 ; 2. Civil Procedure, p. 379 ; 3. Pleading, p. 399 ; Part 2. Crime and Tort, p. 419 ; Summary, p. 420 ; Crime and Tort, p. 421 ; 1. Criminal Procedure, p. 424 ; 2. The Felonies, p. 442 ; 3. Misdemeanours, Trespass and Tort, p. 455 4. Liability, Civil and Criminal, p. 463 5. Defamation, p. 483 ; Part 3. Real Property, p. 503 ; Summary, p. 504 ; Real Property, p. 505 ; 1. Feudalism, p. 506 ; 2. Feudalism in England, p. 516 ; 3. Ineritance and Alienability, p. 521 ; 4. Tenures and Incidents, p. 531 ; 5. The Rise of the Entail, p. 546 ; 6. The Common Law Estates Down to 1540, p. 558 ; 7. Uses and the Statute, p. 575 ; 8. The Later Law of Real Property, p. 588 ; 9. The Mortgage, p. 603 ; 10. Conveyances, p. 610 ; Part 4. Contract, p. 625 ; Summary, p. 626 ; Contract, p. 627 ; 1. Origins, p. 628
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Summary

As always during its long history, English common law, upon which American law is based, has had to defend itself against the challenge of civil law's clarity and traditions. That challenge to our common-law heritage remains today. To that end, Liberty Fund now makes available a clear and candid discussion of common law. A Concise History of the Common Law provides a source for common-law understanding of individual rights, not in theory only, but protected through the confusing and messy evolution of courts and their administration as they struggled to resolve real problems. Plucknett's seminal work is intended to convey a sense of historical development--not to serve merely as a work of reference.

The first half of the book is a historical introduction to the study of law. Plucknett discusses the conditions in political, economic, social, and religious thought that have contributed to the genesis of law. This section is a brief but astoundingly full introduction to the study of law.

The second half of the book consists of chapters introducing the reader to the history of some of the main divisions of law, such as criminal, tort, property, contract, and succession. These topics are treated with careful exposition so that the book will be of interest to those just embarking on their quest in legal history while still providing enough substantial information, references, and footnotes to make it meaningful for the well-versed legal history reader.

Theodore F. T. Plucknett (1897-1965) was an English legal historian. At twenty-six, he was appointed by Roscoe Pound as professor of legal history at Harvard Law School.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Table of Mediaeval Casesp. xi
Table of Modern Casesp. xvii
Table of Laws and Statutesp. xix
Book 1 A General Survey Of Legal History
Part I The Crown And The State
1 The Anglo-Saxon Period: Races and Religionp. 6
2 The Conquest to Henry II: The Beginnings of Administrationp. 11
3 The Great Charters: Law Separates From Administrationp. 20
4 Edward I to Richard II: Statutes and Social Revolutionp. 27
5 The Fifteenth Century: The Problem of Enforcementp. 35
6 The Tudors: Renaissance, Reformation and Receptionp. 39
7 The Stuarts: Struggle for the Supremacy of Lawp. 48
8 The Eighteenth Century: Industrial Revolutionp. 65
9 The Nineteenth Century: Liberalism and Reformp. 73
Part II The Courts And The Profession
1 The Communal Courtsp. 83
2 Seignorial Jurisdictionp. 95
3 The Crown and Local Courtsp. 101
4 The Juryp. 106
5 The Origins of the Central Courtsp. 139
6 The Elaboration of the Judicial System: 1307-1509p. 157
7 The Tudors and the Common Law Courtsp. 170
8 The Rise of the Prerogative Courtsp. 176
9 Prerogative, Equity and Law under the Stuartsp. 191
10 Parliament and the Privy Councilp. 199
11 The Courts in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 207
12 The Legal Professionp. 215
13 The Growth of the Judiciaryp. 231
14 Professional Literaturep. 252
Part III Some Factors In Legal History
1 The Civil Law of Romep. 294
2 The Canon Law of the Churchp. 301
3 Customp. 307
4 Legislationp. 315
5 The Principle of Precedentp. 342
Book 2 Special Part
Part I Procedure
1 The Forms of Actionp. 353
2 Civil Procedurep. 379
3 Pleadingp. 399
Part II Crime And Tort
1 Criminal Procedurep. 424
2 The Feloniesp. 442
3 Misdemeanours, Trespass and Tortp. 455
4 Liability, Civil and Criminalp. 463
5 Defamationp. 483
Part III Real Property
1 Feudalismp. 506
2 Feudalism in Englandp. 516
3 Inheritance and Alienabilityp. 521
4 Tenures and Incidentsp. 531
5 The Rise of the Entailp. 546
6 The Common Law Estates down to 1540p. 558
7 Uses and the Statutep. 575
8 The Later Law of Real Propertyp. 588
9 The Mortgagep. 603
10 Conveyancesp. 610
Part IV Contract
1 Originsp. 628
2 The Fourteenth Centuryp. 633
3 Assumpsit to Slade's Casep. 637
4 Contract After Slade's Casep. 647
5 Law Merchant and Admiraltyp. 657
Part V Equity
1 The Early History of Equityp. 675
2 The Formative Periodp. 685
3 The Work of the Chancellorsp. 695
Part VI Succession
1 Inheritancep. 712
2 Intestacyp. 725
3 Willsp. 732
Index