Online Primary Sources: English Law

The Selden Society is dedicated to publishing original source materials on English law; the volumes span the centuries. One can read Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial Courts (Reigns of Henry III and Edward I) or Public Works in Mediaeval Law. Other online volumes (about forty in all) are available here. A comprehensive list of all the Society’s publications is available. Another good place to look is the British Legal and Governmental Documents containing English translations of older sources. And do not forget the English Law section of the wonderful Internet History Sourcebook. On the Laws and Customs of England (aka Bracton) is a rationalized explanation of the English legal system as seen through 13th century eyes; it is considered a milestone in English law.

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