Shaping the Common Law: From Glanvill to Hale, 1188-1688


In a series of fifteen vivid essays, this book discusses the contributions of great common-law jurists and singular documents- namely the Magna Carta and the Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts- that have shaped common law, from its origins in twelfth-century England to its arrival in the American colonies.

Featured jurists include such widely recognized figures as Glanvill, Francis Bacon, Sir Edward Coke, and John Selden, as well as less known but influential writers like Richard Hooker, Michael Dalton, William Hudson, and Sir Matthew Hale. Across the essays, the jurists' personalities are given voice, the context of time and events made clear, and the continuing impact of the texts emphasized. Taken as a whole, the book offers a simple reverence for the achievements of these men and law books and a deep respect for the role historical events have played in the development of the common law.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Stanford, CA
Publication year:
  • 2008


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