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The Formation of the English Common Law Law and Society in England from King Alfred to Magna Carta

by John (St Andrews University, UK) Hudson

Part of the The Medieval World Series

The Formation of the English Common Law Law and Society in England from King Alfred to Magna Carta Synopsis

The Formation of English Common Law provides a comprehensive overview of the development of early English law, one of the classic subjects of medieval history. This much expanded second edition spans the centuries from King Alfred to Magna Carta, abandoning the traditional but restrictive break at the Norman Conquest. Within a strong interpretative framework, it also integrates legal developments with wider changes in the thought, society, and politics of the time. Rather than simply tracing elements of the common law back to their Anglo-Saxon, Norman or other origins, John Hudson examines and analyses the emergence of the common law from the interaction of various elements that developed over time, such as the powerful royal government inherited from Anglo-Saxon England and land holding customs arising from the Norman Conquest. Containing a new chapter charting the Anglo-Saxon period, as well as a fully revised Further Reading section, this new edition is an authoritative yet highly accessible introduction to the formation of the English common law and is ideal for students of history and law.

The Formation of the English Common Law Law and Society in England from King Alfred to Magna Carta Press Reviews

'John Hudson's The Formation of the English Common Law has been the essential and introductory guide to its topic for over twenty years, and has been of real service to students for its breadth of coverage and intelligent commentary. The new and updated edition extends its scope through the integration of research published since the first edition, which will only increase its usefulness to students.' Nicholas Karn, University of Southampton, UK 'Hudson's superb update of his thoughtful and engaging book The Formation of the English Common Law makes it an even more useful teaching text, but also contributes significantly to our understanding of the continuity of English law. Without overgeneralization or simplification, Hudson brings to life the intricate context of various local and royal jurisdictions, shifting the focus of study to include the impact of the law on the lives of individual people.' Arlene Sindelar, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138189348
Publication date: 8th August 2017
Author: John (St Andrews University, UK) Hudson
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 234 pages
Categories: Legal history, Common law, Law & society,

About John (St Andrews University, UK) Hudson

John Hudson is Professor of Legal History at St Andrews University, UK, and William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan. His previous publications include F. W. Maitland and the Englishness of English Law (2008), The Oxford History of the Laws of England, Volume II 871-1216 (2012) and Papers Preparatory to the Making of English Law: King Alfred to the Twelfth Century, Volume II: From God's Law to Common Law, ed., with Stephen Baxter (2014).

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