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William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century

Wilfrid Prest


This is the first comprehensive account of the life and writings of William Blackstone, whose Commentaries on the Laws of England remains the most celebrated and influential text in the Anglo-American common-law tradition. Based on the widest possible range of archival, manuscript, and printed sources, it presents a rounded and engaging picture of the man and his work. Lawyer, judge, politician, poet, teacher, man of business, and student of architecture, Sir William Blackstone was a major figure in mid-18th century public life. Over a varied and brilliant career he made profound contributions ... More

Keywords: biography, history, law, legal history, historical biography, British, legal education, Oxford, Parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wilfrid Prest, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide
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