The Promise and Its Validity

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 Promise and Its Validity

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This chapter examines the evolution of the rules of law in England during the 16th and 17th centuries to deal with possible grounds upon which promises would not be actionable. During this period, these rules appear to have been less fully developed. This may be attributed to the fact that many questions which would now figure in law reports as questions of law were then regarded purely as jury matters and that the existence of the doctrine of consideration excluded certain defences as independent grounds of invalidity.

Keywords: promises; rules of law; law reports; doctrine of consideration; validity; juries

Chapter.  13130 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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