Debt and Formal Contracts

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

Debt and Formal Contracts

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This chapter examines the concept and principle of debt and formal contracts under the law of contract in England during the Tudor period. A contract was only considered binding if it was settled and complete, and the best way of establishing a settled agreement was by showing that it was embodied in a deed. This chapter discusses some cases related to debt and formal contracts during this period and analyses their legal bases in terms of court decisions. It also describes the factors that led to the evolution of the laws governing debt and formal contracts.

Keywords: debt; formal contacts; deeds; law of contract; legal history; binding; deed

Chapter.  11990 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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