Cambridge Studies in English Legal History began publication in 1921, and now includes some fifty volumes. It has always been under the general editorship of a member of the cambridge Law Faculty - since 1987 Professor J. H. Baker - and has concentrated on lawyers' aspects of legal history, both doctrinal and institutional. Over the last thirty years the series has included studies of the Courts of Exchequer, Requests, and Delegates, the Privy Council, and County Courts, and the Assizes; the earliest royal judges; attorneys and solicitors in the early modern period; law reform under the Commonwealth and the Victorian era; the effect of the Reformation on English ecclesiastical law; and biographical studies of Lord Ellesmere, Lord Stowell, Lord Eldon and Dr Lushington. The works on substantive legal history include two important contributions to our understanding of medieval land law, one concerning the feudal framework of the common law and the other the origin and early practice of entails; essays on marriage settlements, negotiable instruments, evidence, and copyright; and a study of the legal theory of medieval common lawyers. The earlier volumes, which include some edited texts, have attained classic status and have been reprinted in facsimile by Wm M. Gaunt & Sons, Inc., of Florida.
General Editor: J. H. Baker, St Catharine's College, Cambridge