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Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law

An online database dedicated to Selden Society publications, as well as access to early English and American legal history.

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About Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law

HeinOnline has partnered with the Selden Society and the Ames Foundation to bring early English manuscripts, yearbooks, and more to the forefront, providing access to English and American legal history in an online searchable format that has never been available before! In addition to primary publications, researchers will also find some of the most influential digests, abridgments, and modern encyclopedias that formed the foundation of English law, and had enduring effects on the development of law in America. From Nicholas Statham’s Abridgment of Cases to the End of Henry VI, published in 1490, and Fitzherbert’s Abridgment in 1577, to Coke’s Institutes in 1797 and 1809 and Coke’s Reports in 1826, this collection gives researchers a penetrating insight into the works of some of the most widely known authors of treatises, as well as the most important works of authority.

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Featured Subcollections

Browse through the Selden Society Annual Series, which contains materials of the common law, including law reports dating back to the Middle Ages. It also includes early treatises, judges’ notebooks, and lecturers, as well as readings on statutes that show the development of the legal profession, early legal education, the inns of court, and their teaching methods. The Selden Society edits, translates, and publishes one volume each year, which often contains materials appearing for the first time in print. 

The Welsh Legal History Society was founded in 1999.  The Society exists to spread knowledge of, and promote research into, the rich history of law in Wales. That history extends from a fascinating medieval indigenous legal system to the specific (sometimes surprising) application of law within Wales in more modern times.

This new subscollection includes a series of works featuring scholarly editions, collections of essays, and monographs across a variety of periods and subjects. The work of lawyers and commentators with Welsh connections is also addressed by the Society. Its historical interests cover both the doctrinal history of the law and the contextual study of the law in the society in which it operates.

From the late thirteenth century to the beginning of the seventeenth century, the Year Books are the most important source for the history of English law. The Year Books of the reign of Richard II from 1377-1399 were never printed, but a number of them survive in manuscript form. The Ames Foundation has printed a modern edition of these manuscripts in edited French text, with the Latin text of the record of the case, followed by the English translation of both the French and Latin. In addition to publishing these year books, they have also published Lex Mercatoria, a thirteenth-century treatise; Joseph Henry Beale’s Bibliography of Early English Law Books; Robert Bowie Anderson’s Supplement to Beale; and the Proceedings Before the Justices of the Peace in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries.

Explore authoritative and historically significant abridgements such as:

  • Fitzherbert’s Grand Abridgement of the Law (1577)
  • Brooke’s Grand Abridgment of the Law (1573)
  • Rolle’s Abridgment (1668)
  • Hughes Grand Abridgment of the Law (1660-1662)
  • Statham’s Abridgement (1490)

Additional subcollections contains a wealth of material including:

  • Revised Reports, Statutes & Cases  – Research early English law using reports of cases and statutes. This collection includes the popular title Statutes of the Realm.
  • English Legal History Classics – Find more than 1,000 titles that every lawyer, student, or scholar who focused on English or American legal history once held on their own bookshelves or frequented their library to read through the hundreds of pages of legal records and accounts.
  • Other Online Sources on Early English History  – Continue your research outside of HeinOnline with provided links to relevant sources.
  • Scholarly Articles – Search through law review articles written by famous English and American lawyers, professors, and jurists. 

Browse through the Selden Society Annual Series, which contains materials of the common law, including law reports dating back to the Middle Ages. It also includes early treatises, judges’ notebooks, and lecturers, as well as readings on statutes that show the development of the legal profession, early legal education, the inns of court, and their teaching methods. The Selden Society edits, translates, and publishes one volume each year, which often contains materials appearing for the first time in print. 

The Welsh Legal History Society was founded in 1999.  The Society exists to spread knowledge of, and promote research into, the rich history of law in Wales. That history extends from a fascinating medieval indigenous legal system to the specific (sometimes surprising) application of law within Wales in more modern times.

This new subscollection includes a series of works featuring scholarly editions, collections of essays, and monographs across a variety of periods and subjects. The work of lawyers and commentators with Welsh connections is also addressed by the Society. Its historical interests cover both the doctrinal history of the law and the contextual study of the law in the society in which it operates.

Year Book from Ames FoundationFrom the late thirteenth century to the beginning of the seventeenth century, the Year Books are the most important source for the history of English law. The Year Books of the reign of Richard II from 1377-1399 were never printed, but a number of them survive in manuscript form. The Ames Foundation has printed a modern edition of these manuscripts in edited French text, with the Latin text of the record of the case, followed by the English translation of both the French and Latin. In addition to publishing these year books, they have also published Lex Mercatoria, a thirteenth-century treatise; Joseph Henry Beale’s Bibliography of Early English Law Books; Robert Bowie Anderson’s Supplement to Beale; and the Proceedings Before the Justices of the Peace in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries.

Abridgement of Early English LawExplore authoritative and historically significant abridgements such as:

  • Fitzherbert’s Grand Abridgement of the Law (1577)
  • Brooke’s Grand Abridgment of the Law (1573)
  • Rolle’s Abridgment (1668)
  • Hughes Grand Abridgment of the Law (1660-1662)
  • Statham’s Abridgement (1490)

Additional subcollections contains a wealth of material including:

  • Revised Reports, Statutes & Cases  – Research early English law using reports of cases and statutes. This collection includes the popular title Statutes of the Realm.
  • English Legal History Classics – Find more than 1,000 titles that every lawyer, student, or scholar who focused on English or American legal history once held on their own bookshelves or frequented their library to read through the hundreds of pages of legal records and accounts.
  • Other Online Sources on Early English History  – Continue your research outside of HeinOnline with provided links to relevant sources.
  • Scholarly Articles – Search through law review articles written by famous English and American lawyers, professors, and jurists. 

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