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Kluwer Law International




Of the making of Year Books there is no end. Three scholarly enterprises - the Rolls Series, Selden Society, and Ames Foundation - have undertaken to provide modern editions and translations of medieval English Year Books, the law French reports of oral pleading and judicial dialogue in lawsuits heard in the Common Bench and other common law courts. The present volume fills a gap in the most recent of these efforts, that of the Ames Foundation of Harvard Law School to print the surviving manuscript Year Books of the reign of Richard 11 (1377-1399). This volume, the sixth year of Richard II, makes good use of all the improvements in Year Book editing pioneered by earlier generations of legal historians. In lieu of any general introduction to the political, social, or legal history of the period, the editors provide an exhaustive explication of the legal content of each reported case.

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