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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Treatises & Authorities

Electronic sources for texts of pre (20th works

There are some specialist databases for legal historians - but we can also benefit from the general digital libraries. Please check the edition that is made available. It may be that a more recent edition has been produced which gives you the benefits of the modern editor's scholarship. 


OSCOLA (4th edition) classes the following as authorities in legal history, suggesting that they can cited using the following as standard abbreviations

Blackstone Commentaries .. Bl Comm
Bracton On the laws & customs ... Bracton
Brooke Graunde Abridgement Brooke Abr
Coke Commentary upon Littleton Co Litt
Coke Institutes Co Inst
Fitzherbert Graunde Abridgement Fitz Abr
Fitzherbert Novel Natura Brevium Fitz NB
Glanvill Treatise on the Laws & Customs... Glanvill
Hale History of the Pleas of the Crown Hale PC
Hawkins Treatise on the Pleas of the Crown Hawk PC

Blackstone's Commentaries