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Baker and Milsom Sources of English Legal History: Private Law to 1750

John Baker


This book contains selected cases, statutes, and a few other texts, relating to the history of English private law between 1194 and 1750. (Cases after 1750 are mostly available in the English Reports.) It may be used as a companion to the textbooks written by the compilers, but the purpose is different from that of a textbook. The original materials are here allowed to speak for themselves, without commentary. Most of them are reports of cases, which show how the common law evolved through argument. The losing arguments help to explain those which prevailed, and it is often instructive to know ... More

Keywords: Common law, legal history, land law, contract, tort, restitution, law reports, year books, legal argument

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198847809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Baker, author
Downing Professor Emeritus of the Laws of England, St Catharine's College, Cambridge