Medieval English Legal History. An Index and Paraphrase of Printed Year Book Reports, 1268 - 1535

‘Year Books are the law reports of medieval England. The earliest examples date from about 1268, and the last in the printed series are for the year 1535. The Year Books are our principal source materials for the development of legal doctrines, concepts, and methods from 1290 to 1535, a period during which the common law developed into recognizable form. More than 22.000 individual reports or “pleas” have been printed, and others remain in manuscript. This database indexes all year book reports printed in the chronological series for all years between 1268 and 1535, and many of the year book reports printed only in alphabetical abridgements. Of these reports, all 6.901 from 1399 through 1535 have been fully indexed and paraphrased in this database.’

Both basic and advanced search are possible, with a large variety of criteria (including –  among other ones – regnal year, plea number, serjeants/justices, plaintiff surname, defendant surname, places, process and pleading, statutes, incipit, number of lines, etcetera). For each item a detailed record is shown. Parts of the original text are available in modern edition; the rest of it in modern paraphrase.

The database was compiled by David J. Seipp, Professor of Law at Boston University, with the support of the Ames Foundation of Harvard Law School.

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