Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4


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This chapter examines case law in England during the Tudor period. Some historians, including Frederic Maitland and Theodore Plucknett, have suggested that law reporting barely survived the 15h century and they interpreted this as a shift from one kind of reporting to another. This chapter argues that despite enormous losses of paper manuscript texts, it is possible to show that reporting continued as steadily in Henry VIII's reign as in the previous century, both during the unprinted years before 1535 and in the black hole which followed.

Keywords: case law; legal reporting; 15th century; Tudor period; Frederic Maitland; Theodore Plucknett

Chapter.  9497 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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