Essays in Law and History
xv, 302 pp. Originally published: Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1946. Compiled and edited by A.L. Goodhart and H.G. Hanbury, editors of the last four volumes of Holdsworth's History of English Law, this volume presents a selection of seventeen essays by the great legal scholar. Highlights from his long and prolific career, they address such topics as martial law, the English constitution, case law, equity, trusts, libel, law reporting, contracts and land law.
"These essays tend to enlarge the mind and to stir the imagination. They are the work of one of the most distinguished of the great line of English legal historians." --Bernard L. Shientag, Columbia Law Review 47 (1947) 1255
WILLIAM S. HOLDSWORTH [1871-1944] was a professor of constitutional law at Cambridge from 1903-1908 and the Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford from 1922-1944. He is well-known for his monumental History of English Law (1st ed. 1908) and other works, such as Charles Dickens as a Legal Historian (1929) and Some Makers of English Law (1938).
ARTHUR LEHMAN GOODHARD [1891-1978] was an American-born British academic jurist and lawyer. He was editor of the Cambridge Law Journal from 1921 to 1925, editor the Law Quarterly Review in 1926, a professor of jurisprudence at Oxford University from 1931-1951 and the first American to be the master of an Oxford College.
HAROLD GREVILLE HANBURY [1898-1993] was a Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, from 1921-1949 and All Souls College, Oxford, from 1949-1964. His works include Modern Equity: Being the Principles of Equity (1935), The Principles of Agency (1952) and The Vinerian Chair and Legal Education (1958).
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Page 5 - ... nevertheless of late time divers commissions under your majesty's great seal have issued forth, by which certain persons have been assigned and appointed commissioners with power and authority to proceed within the land, according to the justice of martial law...
Page 19 - I contend that martial law is neither more nor less than the will of the general who commands the army. In fact, martial law means no law at all; therefore, the general who declares martial law, and commands that it shall be carried into execution, is bound to lay down distinctly the rules, and regulations, and limits, according to which his will is to be carried out.
Page 5 - And that your Majesty would be pleased to remove the said soldiers and mariners, and that your people may not be so burdened in time to come. And that the aforesaid commissions for proceeding by martial law may be revoked and annulled. And that hereafter no commissions of like nature may issue forth...
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