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Pipe Rolls in United Kingdom

The Rolls Series, which while not an exclusively legal source, contains much legal material (Source: the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) These great annual rolls of the Exchequer contain the accounts of the royal income, not only from the regular revenues from the king’s demesnes, but also from taxations, judicial amercements, and agreements made with the king for privileges and favors in all the counties of England. They are based primarily on accounts from the sheriffs, as the king’s representatives in the counties. They extend from 1156-1833, lacking only the years 1216 and 1403, and until 1733, they were written in abbreviated Latin. A listing of published rolls by county can be found in Graves (61), while Mullins gives details on the volumes published by the Pipe Roll Society (62).

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Bibliographies of English Law History

  • Maxwell, William H. A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Volume 1: English Law to 1800. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1955-
  • Beale, Joseph H. A Bibliography of Early English Law Books. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1926.
  • Winfield, Percy H. The Chief Sources of English Legal History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925.

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  • Judicial Review (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Medieval Punishment (in this legal Encyclopedia)
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