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The English Medieval Common Law (to <i>c</i>. 1307) as a System of National Institutions and Legal Rules: Creation and Functioning

Paul Brand

in Legalism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199664269
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664269.003.0007
The English Medieval Common Law (to c. 1307) as a System of National Institutions and Legal Rules: Creation and Functioning

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This chapter focuses on a number of aspects of the English common law during a period of just over a century between its initial creation and the first decade of the fourteenth century: the intentions of those who created and developed this national legal system; the jurisdiction claimed and exercised by the new royal courts and the rules and legal concepts these courts developed and applied in doing so; the functions of legal experts (royal justices and lawyers) in the operation of the courts and in developing and applying the rules of the common law; and what can be known or deduced of the attitudes of laymen towards this law.

Keywords: English common law; medieval law; legal system; jurisdiction; royal courts; legal experts

Chapter.  11552 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law ; History of Law

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