Legislation of Edward I

Legislation of Edward I

Legislation of Edward I

Legislation of Edward I

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The following pages contain the substance of the Ford Lectures, with occasional expansion where detailed treatment was inappropriate on that occasion. Of the vast field offered by Edward I's legislation, only a portion could be covered, either then or now. The topics chosen for study were therefore those which seemed to give an opportunity for combining the traditional interests of lawyers and historians. Throughout, the object has been to interest lawyers in the historical aspects of the law, and to entice historians to enter upon the more strictly legal aspects of those famous statutes which even the most elementary treatment of history cannot fail to mention. Indeed, the present trend of medieval studies is happily in the direction of increased use by historians of legal materials as a source for constitutional, economic, and general history, and it is much to be hoped that they will extend their curiosity to the law itself; both faculties have much to gain by exercising more fully their right to 'inter-common'. Grateful acknowledgement is due to the many Oxford historians and lawyers whose discussions of these matters contributed, by their friendly help and encouragement, to the preparation of this little book.

T. F. T. P.

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