The History of English Law: Volume 1: v. 1: Before the Time of Edward IPaperback
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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 800 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 44mm | 1,039g
- Publication date: 1 October 1968
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521095158
- ISBN 13: 9780521095150
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Reissued ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,116,855
Although this book was envisaged as a joint venture and bears the name of both Pollock and Maitland, it is substantially the work of Maitland. It was recognised at once as a masterpiece and has since been accepted as one of the great histories in the English language. In Maitland's lifetime Acton pronounced him the ablest historian in England. Plucknett said that 'everything he wrote exercises a deep fascination and a personal attraction'. To Sir Maurice Powicke he was 'one of the immortals'. Lord Annan, in the preface to his Leslie Stephen, called him 'perhaps the greatest of all professional historians'. To read The History of English Law, even many years after Maitland's death, is to feel at once the touch of a master. That touch could only be weakened by editing, so the present issue is a reprint of the second edition but with an introductory essay and a select bibliography by S. F. C. Milsom, Professor of Legal History in the University of London.
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Table of contents
Book I: 1. The Dark Age in English Legal History; 2. Anglo-Saxon Law; 3. Norman Law; 4. England under the Norman Kings; 5. Roman and Canon Law; 6. The Age of Glanvill; 7. The Age of Bracton; Book II: 1. Tenure; 2. The Sorts and conditions of men; 3. Jurisdiction and the Communities of the Land.