My chapter looks in broad outline at the procedural features of civil litigation in that period which caused delay and expense to litigants, changes made to them by legislation and their broader context in contemporary attitudes that valued them as procedural safeguards for litigants
The career of one well-attested Norfolk local lawyer murdered in 1312 is used to explore the various functions performed by local lawyers in this period and the role of such lawyers in stimulating litigation and helping and advising litigants
Authoritative study of the beginnings of the system for central governmental licensing of all grants to the church created after the 1279 statute of mortmain
Journal Article (5)
Examines the beginning of petitions to parliament in the reign of Edward I; their formal analyis; who the petitions were; and the evidence for how they were dealt with in early parliaments
Widows were normally automatically entitled under the medieval common law to a third of the lands their husbands had held during marriage. This article investigates two significant changes in the second half of the thirteenth century that turned dower into something closer to a reward for the sexual availability of the wife during marriage.
Looks at the creation and development of ethical standards for the conduct of royal justices in England prior to 1307, at the evidence for the application of those standards (particularly in the State Trials of 1289-93) and at the development of procedures for the punishment of those falsely accusing royal justices of misconduct after 1290.
Edition and translation of the official records of the English parliament 1275-1307 with introductions to the surviving records and the parliaments of the period and appendices of related material
ISBN: 0 902528 40 8
My contribution to this volume is a chapter on 'Aspects of the Law of Debt, 1189-1307' which is an attempt to provide a modern overview of the development of the law of debt during the period 1189-1307, with a particular focus on debts arising out of loans.
My contribution to this volume is a chapter on 'Lawyer's Time in the Later Middle Ages' which look bothe at the ways in which medieval courts and lawyers dealt with present time (terms, return days and days in court) and at ways of conceiving and categorising time now past