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Description - The Birth of the English Common Law by R. C. van Caenegem

This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521356824
ISBN-10: 0521356822
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Pages: 180
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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