<i>Politics and Law in Elizabethan England</i>: Shelley's Case (<i>1581</i>)

A. W. Brian Simpson

in Leading Cases in the Common Law

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262992
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682438 | DOI:
Politics and Law in Elizabethan England: Shelley's Case (1581)

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This chapter discusses the case of Wolfe v. Shelley, also known as Shelley's Case. The case gave rise to one of the weirder dogmas of the law of property, the ‘rule in Shelley's Case’. This concerned the meaning of the word ‘heirs’ when used in a legal document in which an interest was given to a person, and this was followed by a purported gift of an interest to that same person's ‘heirs’.

Keywords: Shelly's Case; law of property; heirs; common law

Chapter.  17581 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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