A.W.B. Simpson

in A History of the Common Law of Contract

Published in print February 1987 | ISBN: 9780198255734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681622 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of the action of assumpsit in England and its role in the English Contract Law. Though the origin of assumpsit can be traced back into the 14th century, it was not until the 16th century that it achieved any great prominence as a remedy for broken agreements, and not until the 17th century that it became the regular common law contractual action. This book examines the history of action of breach of promise, the relationship between assumpsit and older remedies, and transmission of liability on debt.

Keywords: action of assumpsit; England; common law; broken agreements; remedies; contractual action; liability; debt

Chapter.  1751 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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