Part II relies on the Year Books to demonstrate that law became less favorable to adverse possessors in the 13th and 14th centuries. Description: Essay dividing English legal history into time periods from about 600 to 1535 and explaining the relevant source materials for the study of legal history within each period. Description: The history of the decline of the Inns of Court divided into three sections: the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the Commonwealth period, and the latter part of the seventeenth century.
The Year Books are discussed as source materials for the period of Edward III through Henry VIII. There are occasional mentions of the Year Books and Abridgements.
Description: Tracing a 1909 Supreme Court decision back to Year Book precedent and following doctrine laid down in Year Book cases to contemporary decisions. Contains translation from two cases in the Select Bills in Eyre.
Commenting on the remarkable continuity of the Common Law. Description: Describing the entire lawsuit of Babington v. Demonstrating the inefficiency of the administration of justice in mid 15th century England.
Description: Analyzing the extent to which the common law protected possession against proprietary rights. Description: Pointing out numerous “inaccuracies, oversights, and positive errors” in the Ames Foundation publication of a Year Book from the reign of Richard II. The author provides translated examples of the four different ways in which a case could be resolved: Summarily, by the Wager of Law, by Jury, and by the Inquest.
Part I relies primarily on Bracton to show how the early common law protected “vicious” and untitled possessors against true owners. The author carefully examines the translation of Y. This article translates, cites, and discusses numerous Year Book cases. D[wight] Description: A lengthy series of articles tracing the history of the enforcement of charitable gifts.Dwight relies primarily on the Year Books; he translates and discusses numerous cases. Description: Discussing evidence that a writ of conspiracy was established at common law prior to the Statute of Conspirators of 22 Ed. The rest of the article examines the writ of conspiracy and its application to false appeals and both civil and criminal proceedings in the Year Books.Description: A lecture delivered at the University of London, asking and answering the questions of why Pleas of the Crown and Assizes are combined in the same work, The Book of Assizes, and why such a work exists only for the reign of Edward III.Includes a general survey of the content of the Book of Assizes and an explanation of its significance.Description: A short overview of the Year Books trying to generate interest in them. Contains extensive translation and citation of specific Year Book cases.An announcement of his plan to send occasional translations to the Columbia Jurist to make the Year Books more accessible to lawyers and historians. Description: An historical overview of case reporting, starting with a discussion of the Year Books. Description: The evolution of equitable doctrine through chancery in the fifteenth century and the law of equity’s opposition to the common law.Description: Describing the discrepancies between the manuscripts and early printed volumes of the Year Books. Description: Comparing the Year Books and the Plea Rolls as source materials for the study of medieval English history.Explaining how accuracy can be achieved, despite the confused and varying manuscripts and the difficulties of translation, by reference to the Plea Rolls. Vernon Harcourt’s contention that a report in the Year Books, assigned to the year 1400, was forged by Henry VII for the purpose of establishing a Constitutional precedent for the trial of the Earl of Warwick. Arguing that the Plea Rolls are a superior and more valuable source of information.Description: Understanding the distinction between “law and fact” through the origin and purpose of the jury. Analyzes the interplay of judge and jury showing that the allocation of questions of fact to the jury was highly qualified at common law. Description: A short article containing humorous and lively anecdotes from various Year Book cases, demonstrating the more human side of courtroom dialogue. Description: The author translates and explains many portions of Year Book cases to paint a picture of medieval courts and to demonstrate that the origins of certain modern expressions and legal concepts can be discovered within them.The cases translated and cited are almost exclusively from the reign of Edward I. Some translations are quite humorous although specific citations are rare.