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William BlackstoneLaw and Letters in the Eighteenth Century$
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Wilfrid Prest

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550296.001.0001

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‘A More Public Scene’ (1758–61)

‘A More Public Scene’ (1758–61)

(p.151) Chapter 8 ‘A More Public Scene’ (1758–61)
William Blackstone

Wilfrid Prest (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Despite his unopposed election to the Vinerian chair, and an acclaimed inaugural lecture on The Study of the Law, Professor Blackstone's standing in the university, even his own All Souls College, continued to suffer damage, amid on-going controversy over his personal character and role in university affairs. After considering some of the reasons behind Blackstone's increasingly embattled position at Oxford, this chapter outlines his growing activities in the wider world, including contacts with the future King George III, a pioneering edition of Magna Carta and membership of the London Society of Antiquaries, and the resumption of legal practice in Westminster Hall. It closes with an account of his marriage to Sarah Clitherow, appointment as King's Counsel equivalent, and near-simultaneous election to Parliament.

Keywords:   controversy, character, academic politics, George III, Magna Carta, publications, marriage, Parliament

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