The Birth of the English Common Law
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By (author) R. C. van Caenegem
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Birth of the English Common Law by R. C. van Caenegem
Book DescriptionThis book provides a challenging interpretation of the emergence of the common law in Anglo-Norman England, against the background of the general development of legal institutions in Europe. In a detailed discussion of the emergence of the central courts and the common law they administered, the author traces the rise of the writ system and the growth of the jury system in twelfth-century England. Professor van Caenegem attempts to explain why English law is so different from that on the Continent and why this divergence began in the twelfth century, arguing that chance and chronological accident played the major part and led to the paradox of a feudal law of continental origin becoming one of the most typical manifestations of English life and thought. First published in 1973, The Birth of the English Common Law has come to enjoy classical status, and in a preface Professor van Caenegem discusses some recent developments in the study of English law under the Norman and earliest Angevin kings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521356824
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. C. van Caenegem
European Law in the Past and the Future, Hardback (December 2001)
R. C. van Caenegem considers the historical reasons behind European legal diversity.
Historical Introduction to Western Constitutional Law, Hardback (March 1995)
Historical analysis of different models of constitutional government assessing their impact today.
Law, History, the Low Countries and Europe, Hardback (July 1994)
A collection of 14 papers by Van Caenegem, all but one previously unpublished in English, which contrast the development of legal and political institutions across England and northern Europe. Other subjects include influential historians and the nature of modern historiography.
Judges, Legislators and Professors, Paperback (November 1992)» View all books by R. C. van Caenegem
Examination of divergence of continental and common law by one of the world's foremost legal historians.
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