29 May 2019

BOOK: D. J. (David J.) IBBETSON, Neil JONES, and Nigel RAMSAY, eds., English Legal History and its Sources Essays in Honour of Sir John Baker (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108483063, £ 95.00

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Cambridge University Press has published an edited essay collection on various aspects of English legal history in honour of Sir John Baker.


This volume honours the work and writings of Professor Sir John Baker over the past fifty years, presenting a collection of essays by leading scholars on topics relating to the sources of English legal history, the study of which Sir John has so much advanced. The essays range from the twelfth century to the nineteenth, considering courts (central and local), the professions (both common law and civilian), legal doctrine, learning, practice, and language, and the cataloguing of legal manuscripts. The sources addressed include court records, reports of litigation (in print and in manuscript), abridgements, fee books and accounts, conveyances and legal images. The volume advances understanding of the history of the common law and its sources, and by bringing together essays on a range of topics, approaches and periods, underlines the richness of material available for the study of the history of English law and indicates avenues for future research.


David IbbetsonUniversity of Cambridge
David Ibbetson has been Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Cambridge since 2000, and is Co-Director of the Centre for English Legal History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations (1999) and has published on a wide range of subjects in the legal history of England and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the American Society for Legal History's Surrency and Sutherland Prizes.

Neil JonesUniversity of Cambridge
Neil Jones is Reader in English Legal History at the University of Cambridge, Co-Director of the Centre for English Legal History at the University of Cambridge, and Literary Director of the Selden Society. He writes on the history of English law in the early-modern period, with a particular emphasis upon equity and the law of real property. He is a recipient of the Selden Society's David Yale Prize, and of the American Society for Legal History's Sutherland Prize.

Nigel RamsayUniversity College London
Nigel Ramsay is a former senior research fellow in the history departments of University College London and the University of Oxford and in the law department of the University of Exeter. He has written on medieval and Tudor legal history, religious history (especially monasticism), art history and heraldry. He is at present preparing an edition of the medieval records of the Court of Chivalry for the Selden Society.


1. Year book men David J. Seip
2.Errores in Camera Scaccarii David Ibbetso
3. Law reporting in the seventeenth century W. H. Bryson
4. The law of contracts as reported in The Times, 1785-1820 James Oldham
5. Reading terminology in the sources for the early common law: seisin, simple and not so simple John Hudson
6. 'A photograph of English life'?: the trustworthiness of the thirteenth-century crown pleas rolls Henry Summerson
7. Law, lawyers and legal records: litigating and practising law in late medieval England Jonathan Rose
8. The fees they earned: the incomes of William Staunford and other Tudor lawyers Nigel Ramsa
9. The fifteenth-century accounts of the undersheriffs of Middlesex: an unlikely source for legal history Susanne Brand
10. Local courts in Eastern Sussex, 1263-1835 Christopher Whittick
11. Visualising legal history: the courts and legal profession in image Anthony Musson
12. The engraved facsimile by John Pine (1733) of the 'Canterbury' Magna Carta (1215) Simon Keynes
13. The abbess, the empress and the 'Constitutions of Clarendon' Elisabeth van Houts
14. The Tractatus de Antiquo Dominico Corone ascribed to Anger of Ripon Paul Brand
15. Another way of doing manuscript catalogues? Charles Donahue, Jr.
16. Common opinion in the fourteenth century: before the common learning, before the inns of court Ian Williams
17. Henry Sherfield's reading on wills (1624) and trusts in the form of a use upon a use N. G. Jones
18. Civilians in the common law courts, 1500-1700 R. H. Helmholz
19. The widow's apparel: paraphernalia and the courts Janet S. Loengard
20. 'The glorious uncertainty of the law': life at the Bar, 1810-1830 Michael Lobban

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