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The Royal Prerogative and the Learning of the Inns of Court

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511057373

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  • Between the mid-fifteenth and mid-sixteenth century Prerogativa Regis, a central text of fiscal feudalism, was introduced into the curriculum of the Inns of Court, developed, and then abandoned. This book argues that while lawyers often turned their attention to the text when political and financial issues brought it to the fore, they sought to maintain an intellectual consistency and coherence in the law. Discussions of both substance and procedure demonstrate how readers reflected the concerns of their time in the topics they chose to consider and how they drew on the learning of both their predecessors and their peers at the Inns. The first study based primarily on readings, this book threw light on legal education, early Tudor financial and administrative procedure, and the relationship between the ways that law was made, taught and used.

    • Includes readings on statutes (at the inns of court)
    • Considers legal education (as part of the structure of law and government)
    • Examines the elaboration of the royal prerogative and the king's rights as lord over his tenants-in-chief
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    Review of the hardback: '… an informative, detailed and careful history of a complex area of law.' The Cambridge Law Journal

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511057373
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The early readings
    2. Expansion and debate: Thomas Frowyk and Robert Constable
    3. Frowyk and Constable on Primer Seisin
    4. Spelman, Yorke and the campaign against uses
    5. The Edwardian readers and beyond
    Appendices: Thomas Frowyk's Reading on Prerogativa Regis, cc. 1-3
    John Spelman's Reading on Prerogativa Regis, cc. 1-3.

  • Author

    Margaret McGlynn, Wellesley College, Massachusetts

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