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‘A Great and Able Lawyer’ (1761–69)

Wilfrid Prest

in William Blackstone

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550296
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550296.003.0010
 ‘A Great and Able Lawyer’ (1761–69)

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This chapter deals with aspects of Blackstone's domestic, family and private life, his role as husband and father, his diet, alcoholic intake, lack of exercise, and martyrdom to gout. Besides maintaining an active presence in and around his home in the borough of Wallingford, Blackstone kept up a busy commuting existence to and from London and Oxford. His law lectures had become a celebrated institution, but shrinking enrolments and the threat of pirate publication led him to publish in book form. The highly favourable reception accorded the first two books of the Commentaries on the Laws of England helped boost Blackstone's professional profile, while his resignation from the Vinerian chair freed him to devote more time and attention to his practice and parliamentary responsibilities.

Keywords: domestic; family; private life; husband; father; Commentaries on the Laws of England

Chapter.  13721 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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