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An introduction to the history of law

From Normans times to now, focus on land law. Introduction to the History of Law Blog By Tessa Shepperson 6 Comments Law has been around for a long time and the development and history of law is an important part of our cultural heritage.

My husband, when I said this to him, gave a hollow laugh and said that there was probably a reason for this.

Meaning of course that it is boring. But the history of law is not really boring. The study of law, on its own, divorced from its application, is always dull and dusty.

  1. The study of law, on its own, divorced from its application, is always dull and dusty. From Normans times to now, focus on land law...
  2. Starting more or less at the time of the Norman conquest and moving more or less forward chronologically, with jumps backwards and forwards In time as the fancy takes me.
  3. So the idea of a history series was born.

It is when you look at what people do with it, that it suddenly becomes fascinating. Law and the history of law is really all about people.

Introduction to the History of Law Blog

The mad bonkers things that they argue about, and their deviousness in trying to outwit authority. The history of law is also the story of the King or occasionally the Queen trying to impose their will on the people, and the people trying with equal determination to avoid this and do things their own way.

Preferably without paying taxes. To me the history of law is far more interesting than all those dreary battles we had to learn about at school. In writing that series I touched on legal history from time to time. So the idea of a history series was born.

  • A journey through English legal history;
  • If any reason is necessary for this blog, other than the fact that the subject is interesting in itself, it is that a study of the past helps us better understand the present, and may also give us greater resources to glimpse into the future;
  • So the idea of a history series was born;
  • And of course, find pictures.

But I am just going to ignore him which is, anyway, what husbands are for. So I am starting on a journey. A journey through English legal history. Starting more or less at the time of the Norman conquest and moving more or less forward chronologically, with jumps backwards and forwards In time as the fancy takes me.

I also have all the resources of the internet at my finger tips, to review and research. And of course, find pictures. I want to look particularly at the development of legal ideas which eventually came to form part of our modern landlord and tenant law, and at the original meaning of words which have legal connotations today. And to shed a bit of light into a little-known area of our history, and tell a few funny stories.

If any reason is necessary for this blog, other than the fact that the subject is interesting in itself, it is that a study of the past helps us better understand the present, and may also give us greater resources to glimpse into the future.