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English Legal History

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   Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England : 1765-1769 (Yale Law School)
   Bracton Online: On the Laws and Customs of England (Harvard Law School Law Library)
"The noted legal historian F.W. Maitland described [this work] as "the crown and flower of English jurisprudence." The work ... attempts to describe rationally the whole of English law, a task that was not again undertaken until Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England in the eighteenth century." Written circa 1220-1230.
   Early English Laws (University of London, Institute of Historical Research)
"a project to publish online and in print new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts, and treatises produced up to the time of Magna Carta 1215."
   English Medieval Legal Documents AD 600 - AD 1535: A Compilation of Published Sources (Wiki) by Lord, Hazel D. (University of Southern California School of Law)
"The goal of this project is to create a collaborative database on the published sources of English medieval legal documents, and to provide links to the growing number of online sources currently being developed.

"Emphasis ... has been placed on sources published since 1950."

   History of the Law Reports (Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales)
   Magna Carta (January 1, 1215) (Yale Law School)
   Manusacripts Online
"[S]earch a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500[, including] literary manuscripts, historical documents and early printed books ... on websites owned by libraries, archives, universities and publishers."
   Medieval English Legal History - an Index and Paraphrase of Printed Year Book Reports 1268 - 1535 (Siepp's Abridgement) by Siepp, David J. (Boston University of Law)
"The Year Books are our principal source materials for the development of legal doctrines, concepts, and methods from 1290 to 1535, a period during which the common law developed into recognizable form. About 20,000 individual reports or 'pleas' have been printed, and others remain in manuscript. This database indexes all those year book reports printed between the years 1378 and 1535 and a large number from 1268 forward. Of these reports, more than 4,000 from 1399 forward have been fully indexed and paraphrased in this database."
   Medieval Legal History (Fordham University)
   Statutes of William the Conqueror (Yale Law School)
   The Anglo-American Legal Tradition: Documents from Medieval and Early Modern England from the National Archives in London (University of Houston O'Quinn Law Library)
Digitized court documents from the 1200's to the 1600's. Launched in January 2007.
   The Proceedings of the Old Bailey (University of Sheffield / University of Hertfordshire)
"Searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1834 ... allows access to 100,000 trials, free of charge for non-commercial use."

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