The Writ of Debt

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:
The Writ of Debt

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This chapter examines the general characteristics of the action of debt in England during the 12th century. The writ of debt was the earliest writ of a contractual nature to be regularly issued. The early evolution of a royal action of debt was connected with the conflict between Church and State during the reign of Henry II. This chapter discusses the provisions of the English common law concerning the action of debt and provides specific examples of court cases.

Keywords: action of debt; writ of debt; common law; Henry II

Chapter.  35867 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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