Property in Chattels

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

Property in Chattels

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This chapter examines property law as it relates to chattels in England during the Tudor period. While land law had a complex intellectual structure which had become more or less independent of the forms of action, the law of chattels seems to be hidden behind the machinery of detinue, trespass, and replevin. Though common law and common reason considered goods, chattels, and money as highly as land, this philosophy was not reflected in the level of sophistication of the substantive law. Unlike the land laws, other laws were perceived as laws of actions rather than of discrete legal concepts.

Keywords: chattels; property law; legal history; forms of action; chattels; detinue; trespassing; replevin

Chapter.  13789 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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