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Richard Iii Private Legal Documents in United Kingdom

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Richard III Private Legal Documents and Medieval Law

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(Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Clay, John W. North Country Wills: being abstracts of wills relating to the Counties of York, Nottingham, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmorland, at Somerset House and Lambeth Palace, 1383 to 1588. 2v. Publications of the Surtees Society, v.116, v.121. Durham: Andrews & Co. 1908.

Abstract: Wills proved in the Prerogative court of Canterbury. Appendix contains short abstracts of wills of persons living in London and the south, having some connection with the northern counties.

Edwards, Dorothy, ed. Early Northampton Wills: preserved in the Northamptonshire Record Office. Northamptonshire Record Society v.42. Northampton, The Society, 2005. 289p. ISBN: 0901275646Abstract: Contains 145 wills from the period 1462 to 1509. Most are in Latin. Mainly wills of trades-people with a sprinkling of priests and minor gentry. 27 were made by women, mainly wealthy widows.

Gibbons, Alfred W., ed. Early Lincoln Wills: an Abstract of All the Wills and Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntington, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester, and Hertford, 1280-1547. Lincoln Record Series I. Lincoln, J. Williamson, 1888. 244p. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) number (used in Worldcat): 5249382Abstract: Text in English.

Great Britain. National Archives. DocumentsOnline. Notes: Available online at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/ Abstract: Includes over one million wills, many from the medieval period, although none before AD 1000. Metadata for each document is provided and the images may be downloaded for a fee.

Nicolas, Nicholas H., ed. Testamenta Vetusta: Being Illustrations From Wills, of Manners, Customs, &c. As Well As of the Descents and Possessions of Many Distinguished Families. From the Reign of Henry the Second to the Accession of Queen Elizabeth. 2 Vols. London: Nichols & son, 1826.

Notes: Available online in The Making of Modern Law (subscription database)

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.


See Also

  • Institute of Historical Research (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Marriage (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Exchequer (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Origins of the Common Law (in this legal Encyclopedia)

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