Tag Archives: legal history

Fog clearing from Chancery

The National Archives (formerly the PRO) staff have made great strides in a project to make Chancery records much more accessible to legal historians, other  historians and genealogists. About 30,000 cases from class C6 (Court of Chancery, Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Collins) can be searched online via the Equity Pleadings Database. The friendly  The Search Screen means that… Read More »

New e-resource for legal historians

The LawBod’s subscription to HeinOnline now includes the Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law library. This  should raise the spirits of anyone studying English legal history at Oxford! This first blog will be an introduction to what it offers – I hope to follow up with some tips for searching later. Although… Read More »

Legal history resources

The Law Library now has both the hard copy (shelved at Ref 103) and online access to the recently published Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History.  It is, as one would hope and expect, a pretty formidable work! If you starting by clicking on Browse, the first entry is for Ātmanastus.ht.i  a Sanskrit term meaning literally –… Read More »

A Wiltshire Eyre of 1194?

If you need help in tracing sources for historical research in the early common law then a new wiki may be just the help you need. Hazel Lord, Senior Law Librarian at the University of Southern California, has set up English Medieval Legal Documents AD600-AD1535: a compilation of published sources.  Its goal is to be a… Read More »

Approved online gaming!

Feeling the urge for a spot of Solitaire/Patience before returning to that never ending reading list or while waiting for an original thought on restitution? Why not try a game that has an educational side to it … The National Archives have developed a collection of webpages under the rubric Learning Curve designed to help… Read More »