Legal History

Paul Brand

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Legal History

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This chapter examines twentieth-century British scholarship on medieval English legal history. Legal history has long been a marginal subject within British academic life, falling somewhat clumsily between the two stools of law and history, although it is an essential part of both subjects. There were very few English medieval legal historians at work during the twentieth century and this is unlikely to change for the better in the future.

Keywords: English legal history; British scholarship; academic life; law; legal historians; medieval history

Chapter.  9963 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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