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Theodore Plucknett

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Dec 31 2010 0865978077 978-0865978072 1st Edition
The Best Edition of this Classic History: A Comprehensive Legal History of England from the Anglo-Saxon Period through the 19th Century. Theodore Frank Thomas Plucknett [1897-1965] received his LL.B. from the University of Cambridge in 1920. He was a Fellow of the British Academy, Professor of Legal History, University of London, and Assistant Professor of Legal History at Harvard University. He was also the author of Early English Legal Literature (1958) and Edward I and Criminal Law (1960). "Professor Plucknett has such a solid reputation on both sides of the Atlantic that one expects from his pen only what is scholarly and accurate... Nor is the expectation likely to be disappointed in this book. Plucknett's book is not...a mere epitome of what is to be found elsewhere. He has explored on his own account many regions of legal history and, even where the ground has been already quartered, he has fresh methods of mapping it. The title which he has chosen is, in view of the contents of the volume, rather a narrow one. It might equally well have been A Concise History of English Law... In conjunction with Readings on the History and System of the Common Law by Dean Pound...this book will give an excellent grounding to the student of English legal history." --Percy H. Winfield. Harvard Law Review 43 (1929-30) 339-340. "[T]his book, comprehensive yet not elementary, clear yet inviting further study on the part of the reader, remains an excellent introduction to legal history and the study of law."-- Harvard Law Review 50 (1937-38) 1012. SELECTED CONTENTS BOOK ONE A General Survey of Legal History Part I The Crown and the State Part II The Courts and the Profession Part III Some Factors in Legal History Book TWO Special Part Part I Procedure Part II Crime and Tort Part III Real Property Part IV Contract Part V Equity Part VI Succession Index
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  • Paperback: 828 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.; 1st Edition edition (Dec 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865978077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865978072
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 5.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of an often complex history March 9 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently ordered this book from Amazon. I had been looking for a more concise rather than lengthy explanation for many of the legal mechanisms and principles we enjoy (endure?) today. Without question, the "History of the Common Law" goes far to do just that. It is well organized and deftly written. I am reluctant to admit this about a history of law, but I confess that I found it hard to put down. Forty years after publication, the book remains a pillar and outstanding guide to our legal heritage
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any community library collection touching on the history of law Feb. 15 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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The history of law in the western world is one that spans back centuries. "A Concise History of the Common Law" traces the history of common law back to the time of the Romans and how it has over the centuries developed into what it is today. The events of conquest, Christianity, the Enlightenment, and more has seriously impacted the events, and Theodore Plucknett breaks down these events into a fascinating study. "A Concise History of the Common Law" is a must for any community library collection touching on the history of law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! July 17 2013
By rico - Published on Amazon.com
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A very nice concise volume of the History of The Common Law of England. From it's origins and it's competitors , the governments which oversaw , the people whom demanded , the politics of the time and many great names plucked from the ages of history. I cannot say enough good things about this book which I decided to read before entering into my study of american law history.

It is broken into 2 parts. The first a broad general overview of the progress of the ages with man big events and or changes noted. The second part goes into more detail about these things, charters, judges rulings, legal literature of the time , and even breaking into certain parts of the law such as civil, criminal , equity , admiralty.

An amazing journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our legal heritage Dec 24 1997
By richrd0001@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
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While it has been many years since I read this book, I recommend it to any who have an interest in our common law legal heritage. Of particular interest was the part of the book that explained the political genius of the Normans who instituted a much superior system of courts throughout England that replaced the manorial courts. These courts made available a body of law "common" to all of England and supplanted what could only have been a patchwork of arbitrary rules and procedures. If the Normans achieved an astounding political legitimacy after invading England with this stroke of genius, consider what is happening in the United States as our legal system gradually transforms itself into a dominant central government and weak state governments serving only as administrative units of that central government, and otherwise becomes an instrument of extortion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foundational Work June 22 2013
By Jesse A. Burris - Published on Amazon.com
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For understanding the origins and initial development of the common law, there is no better source than Plucknett's. Additionally, there are a myriad of footnotes directing readers to a variety of important historical sources.
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