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erste hälfte, Wörterbuch, 4to., 1906; zweite hälfte,

Rechts und Sachglossar, 4to., 1912; Bd. 3, 4to. 1916 “ Felix Liebermann's love for legal, historical, and philological studies, and his high standard of scholarly attainment these studies, illuminate every page and every line of the first two volumes of his superb edition of the Anglo-Saxon laws." See article on Liebermann's works in 29 L. Q. R. 387 et seq. Liebermann (F.) Consiliatio Cnuti eine Übertragung Angel

sächsischer Gesetze, ils dem zwölften Jahrhundert.
X + 29 pp.

Halle a S

1893 The National Assembly in the Anglo-Saxon Period. 8vo. Halle.

1913 Zu den Gesetzen der Ingelsachsen. 31 pp. 8vo. Weimar.

1885 Separat-Abdruck aus der Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung, 5 bd.



germ. abth.”


Über die Leges Edwardi Confessoris. vii + 139 pp.. 8vo. Halle a/S.

1896 29.

Instituta Cnuti. (In Transactions of Royal

Historical Society. n.s. Vol. 7.) 30 Maurer (W.) Inquiry into Anglo-Saxon Mark Courts and

their relation to Manorial and Municipal Institutions and Trial by Jury. 62 + 2 pp. 8vo.

1855 31. Monumenta Historica Britannica; or Materials for the

History of Britain. By H. Petrie and J. Sharpe. Vol. 1 (to the Norman Conquest). Fol.

1848 32. Napier (A. S.) and Stephenson (W. H.) The Crawford

Collection of Early Charters and Documents [7391150), now in the Bodleian Library. 4to.

1895 33. Palgrave (Sir F.) Rise and Progress of the English Com

monwealth. Anglo-Saxon period, containing the AngloSaxon policy and the institutions arising out of laws and usages before the Conquest. 2 parts. xli + 658, xix + cecelvi pp. 4to.

· Badly arranged and discursive."-Gross, S. E. H.
In Part 2 (pp. 5-87) are reports of the case of the Abbot of Battle
Abbey v. The Bishop of Chichester, and the suit of Richard de Anesty
to recover lands, A.D. 1146-63.
Pauli (Reinhold) König Aelfred und seine Stelle in der

Geschichte Englands. (2) + x + 330 + (1) pp. 8vo.

1851 35. Pearson (C. H.) Early and Middle Ages in England (Anglo-Saxon Law, Police, etc.). 8vo.


36. Phillips (G.) Versuch einer Darstellung der Geschichte

des Angelsächsischen Rechts. xiv + 272 pp. 8vo. Göttingen

1825 37. Purlitz (F.) König und Witenagemot bei den AngelsachBremen.



66 pp.

426 pp.

37a. Robertson (A. J.) Laws of the Kings of England from Edmund to Henry 1. Edited and translated. xiii + 8vo. Cambridge

1925 Continues No. 2, supra. 38. Roeder (F.) Die Familie bei den Angelsachsen. Part I.: Mann und Frau. 8vo. Halle.


39. Schmid (Reinhold) Gesetze der Angelsachsen in der Ursprache mit Uebersetzung

und Erläuterungen.

1832 Theil 1. 1

xciv + (1) + 304 pp. 8vo. Leipzig.


2e aufl. mit einem antiquarischen Glossar. lxxxvii + 680 + (1) pp. 8vo. Leipzig.

1858 It superseded Thorpe, but is now superseded by Liebermann.

* This edition is upon the whole a very creditable publication, decidedly superior to the preceding ones, the version being freed from the gross errors of Wilkins, and generally correct."- THORPE, Ancient Laws, xxi.

Besides the dooms it contains a few brief statements of customary law, forms of oaths and the like.

352 pp.

41. Seebohm (F.) Tribal Custom in Anglo-Saxon Law; an

essay supplemental to (1) “ The English Village Community”; (2) “ The Tribal System in Wales." xvi +

538 pp. 8vo. 1902. Reprinted 1911. 42. Slater (G.) The English Peasantry and the Enclosure of Common Fields.


1907 “We cannot understand the terms used by the documents which contain the record of the land law of the Anglo-Saxons unless we know something of the methods of cultivation employed. .. A very complete account is given by Dr. Gilbert Slater in his valuable book."-Holds

worth, H. E. L., ii. 46. 43. Stearns (J. M.) Germs and Developments of the Laws

of England; embracing the Anglo-Saxon Laws extant from the sixth century to 1066, as translated into English under the Royal Record Commission of William IV., with the Introduction of the Common Law by Norman Judges and its earliest proferts in Magna Charta, with notes. 370 pp. 12mo. New York,

1889 44. Tapp (S. C.) Story of Anglo-Saxon Institutions, or the

development of Constitutional Government. 1904 [Thorpe (B.)] Diplomatarium Anglicum Ævi Saxonici; a

collection of English Charters from the reign of King Æthelberht to William the Conqueror. Containing miscellaneous charters, wills, guilds, manumissions, and acquittances, with a translation of the Anglo-Saxon. xli + 683 pp. 8vo.

1865 Chiefly after Kemble, with a few additions. 46. Thorpe (J.) Registrum Roffense; or, Collection of antient

Records, Charters, and Instruments of divers kinds
necessary for illustrating the Ecclesiastical History and
Antiquities of the Diocese and Cathedral Church of
Rochester. (4) + vi + (2) + 1056 + (16) pp. Port.

Valuable."--Bigelow Placita, liv.
Includes a law record of the reign of Henry I. and the laws of several
of the Anglo-Saxon Kings, particularly of four Kings whose laws are
omitted by Lambarde, together with the Saxon form of oaths.-Clark,

P. 36.

47. Turk (W. H.) The Legal Code of Ælfred the Great, edited with an Introduction. viii + 147 pp. 8vo. Boston.

1893 Turner (S.) History of the Anglo-Saxons. 3 vols.


49. Wilson-Barkworth (A. B.) The Composition of the Saxon

Hundred in which Hull and its neighbourhood were situate as it was in its original Condition. x + 97 pp. 4to.

1920 A work of learned research which will appeal to students of Domesday and the Saxon manorial system.”The Times.

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Sect. III.-ANGLO-NORMAN LAW. 1. Abdy (J. T.) Feudalism; its Rise, Progress, and Consequences. (3) + xix + 459 pp. 12mo.

1890 2. Bigelow (M. M.) History of Procedure in England from

the Norman Conquest. The Norman Period, 1066-1204. viii + 411 pp. Boston.

1880 The appendix contains a considerable collection of Norman writs and charters relating to litigation in the eleventh and twelfth centuries never before printed.

3. Bolland (W. C.) The General Eyre. xiv + 98 pp. 8vo.

4. Bracton (Henry de) De Legibus

De Legibus et consuetudinibus Angliæ Libri quinq., (16) + 444 fol., 4to., Tottell, 1569); (16) + 444 fol., 8vo., 1640; edited by Sir Travers Twiss, Latin and English (Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages, 70). 6 vols., 4to., 1878-83 ; edited by G. E. Woodbine, 6 vols.,

4to., New Haven. In course of publication, . 1915 The first volume of Woodbine's edition contains an examination of the questions—(1) which manuscript should be used as the basis of the new text, and (2) what passages in the printed text are additions and interpolations? The Latin text with variant readings form volumes 2 and 3.

Written sometime between 1250 and 1260. · Bracton owed a great deal to the work of an Italian lawyer Azo of Bologna, but the substance of Bracton's work is English. He cites no less than 500 decisions of the King's Judges."--See Maitland, Const. Hist. 17.

“ It gives the most extensive exposition of the English law that the Middle Ages have to show; and it is distinguished by rich casuistic details, and by the careful reproduction of the judicial decisions on individual cases of law."-BRUNNER.

“ The 1610 edition is an unchanged reprint of the first edition. This edition did not satisfy Selden, who said it was full of gross errors. The edition of Sir Travers Twiss is based for the most part upon

Tottell, to the errors of whom he has added."'-Holdsworth, Hist. ii. 191. 5.

Bracton's Note Book; a Collection of Cases decided in the King's Courts during the reign of Henry the Third, annotated seemingly by Henry of Bratton. Edited by F. W. Maitland. 3 vols. 8vo.

1887 This was discovered by Professor Vinogradoff among the MSS. in the British Museum. It contains the materials from which Bracton composed his great work on the laws and customs of England. These are notes of actual cases decided by the King's judges, made, in all probability, from the official records themselves. It afterwards used by

Fitzherbert. 6. and Azo | Porcius! Select Passages from [their]

] works. Edited by F. W. Maitland. xxxviii + 255 pp. (Selden Society's Publications, 8). 4to.

1895 7. Brissaud (J.) History of French Private Law. Translated by R. Howell. Bro. Boston, Mass.

1912 The author makes constant reference to Anglo-Norman law for com

parison with the history of French law. 8. Britton (John) (6) + cclxxxvii [291] + (1) fol. 8vo.

Colophon] Imprynted ... in Flete Strete by me
Robert Redman dwellynge in Saynt Dunstones Parysshe
at the signe of the George. With Pynson's Monogram.

[1540] (There is another edition-n.d.—the same except that “dwellynge

is spelt “ dwellyng.”) 9. Second edition by E. Wingate. (16)

(16) + 287 [291] + 21 fol. 16mo.



10. Britton (Jolin) Containing the Ancient Pleas of the Crown;

translated, with references, notes, and ancient records, by Robt. Kelham. (11) + 168 + (24) pp. 8vo. 1762

A translation of Brition through chapter 25. 11.

French text with English translation, introduction and notes, by F. N. Nichols. 2 vols. lxv + 419, (3) + 398 + (1) pp. 8vo. Oxford.

1865 12.

English translations and notes by F. M. Nichols, with introduction by S. E. Baldwin. xxvii + 619 pp. 8vo. Washington.

1901 Also printed in Houard's Traités. * This work owes its origin to the project of Edward I. to produce a digest of the English Law somewhat after the manner of the Institutes of Justinian. It was probably written soon after 1290 and is the oldest English law book in the French language. Nichols's edition has an English translation and references to the parallel passages of Bracton, the Fleta and the Statutes."— BRUNNER.

The main part of his treatise is an abbreviation of the practical parts of Bracton's treatise with the addition of such statutes and legal changes as were needed to bring Bracton's law up to date.—Holdsworth,

Hist. 2, 263, 13. Davis (H. W. C.) Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum,

1066-1154. Vol. 1., Regesta Willelmi Conquestoris et Willelmi Rufi. With Introductions, Notes, and Indexes. Vol. 1 (1066-1100). 8vo. Oxford.

1913 A calendar (in English) chronologically arranged and critically annotated of the Royal acts of the period and some cognate documents. An appendix to vol. 1 gives ninety-two charters in full, for the most

part not edited for the first time. 14. Escarra (E.) La succession au biens réels dans les coutumes anglo-normandes. 355 pp. 8vo.

8vo. Paris.

1903 15. Fleta: seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani. Accedit Trac

tatulus vetus de agendi excipiendique formulis Galli-
canus, Fet assavoir dictus; subjungitur etiam Joannis
Seldeni ad Fletam Dissertatio Historica. (10) + 553 +
(3) pp., 8vo., 1647; edit. 2a, (8) + 553 pp., 8vo., 1685 ;
Liber Primus Antiqua Placita Coronæ continens [edited
by Sir Samuel Clarke), (8) + 97 pp. Fol. 1735. Also

in Houard, Traités.
Composed by a writer of Elvird I.'s reign in the Fleet prison. It
was written in Latin, and is little more than an up-to-date epitome of
Bracton's work.--Holdsworth, H. E. L.

Mr. Selden first called the public attention to this ancient treatise, and was instrumental in procuring its publication, to which he prefixed a dissertation abounding in varied antiquarian learning. Both the complete editions abound in errors, and although several hundred were corrected in the second edition it is quite as faulty as Bracton. Clarke's edition, so far as it goes, is much more accurate.

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