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Legal history: England & common law tradition: 1558-1649

Regnal years

1558 -  1603 Eliz 1

1603 -  1625 Jas 1

1625 - 1649 Chas 1

Sir Edward Coke

Contemporary publications & later commentary

A considerable number of works from this period are now available in full text electronically via various databases.

The easiest way is to search for known titles/authors in SOLO. In the results, click on any green "Online resource" link. Then click on "Open resource in new window" link. Remember, if you have an Oxford Single Sign On, you can get access to these wherever you are by logging into SOLO with your username and password.

If you don't have a specific work/author in mind, searching the databases themselves (see links below) via eg keyword, or place+date of publication may be useful.

Some basic subject searches to try in SOLO

Law -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
Law -- England -- History -- 16th century
Law -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century
Law -- England -- History -- 17th century;

Justice, Administration of -- England -- History

Law and literature -- History -- 16th century

Law in literature

Law Reports & Court Records

Although still not how we now understand law reports should be, three lawyers of repute had volumes of reports published in their own lifetime:
Plowden’s Commentaries (ER 75
  KB 1550-1580), Coke’s Reports (ER 76-77 KB 1572-1616) and Bulstrode’s Reports (ER 80-81    KB 1610-1625).

A lot of other collections of case notes were printed too - with title page attributions of distinguished "authors."

 Reports from the lost notebooks of Sir James Dyer (ed Baker) are SS 109-110. 

Working with the surviving court archives