Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England" (1765-1769) stands as the first great effort to reduce the English common law to a unified and rational system. Blackstone demonstrated that the English law as a system of justice was comparable to Roman law and the civil law of the Continent. Clearly and elegantly written, the work achieved immediate reknown and exerted a powerful influence on legal education in England and in America which was to last into the late nineteenth centure. The book is regarded not only as a legal classic but as a literary masterpiece.
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Author Biography - Sir William Blackstone
John H. Langbein is professor of law at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of Anglo-American law, including "Torture and the Law of Proof, " published by the University of Chicago Press.