Commentaries on the Laws of England, Kirja 1

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - 450 sivua
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Oxford's variorum edition of William Blackstone's seminal treatise on the common law of England and Wales offers the definitive account of the Commentaries' development in a modern format. For the first time it is possible to trace the evolution of English law and Blackstone's thought through
the eight editions of Blackstone's lifetime, and the authorial corrections of the posthumous ninth edition. Introductions by the general editor and the volume editors set the Commentaries in their historical context, examining Blackstone's distinctive view of the common law, and editorial notes
throughout the four volumes assist the modern reader in understanding this key text in the Anglo-American common law tradition.

Book I: Of the Rights of Persons covers the key topics of constitutional and public law. Blackstone's inaugural lecture 'On the Study of the Law' introduces a series of general essays on the nature of law, including a chapter on 'The Absolute Rights of Individuals' . This is followed by an extended
account of England's political constitution. The various categories of people or subjects are then surveyed, with special attention to the rights and obligations of masters and servants, husbands and wives, parents and children, and lastly 'artificial persons', or corporations. In addition to David
Lemmings' introduction to the volume, Book I includes an introduction from the General Editor Wilfrid Prest.

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General Editors Introduction
vii
Acknowledgements
xvi
Editors Introduction to Book I
xvii
Acknowledgements
xli
Editorial Conventions and Practices
xliii
Abbreviations
xlvii
Dedication
2
Preface
3
Of the kings revenue
181
Of subordinate magistrates
217
Of the people whether aliens denizens or natives
235
Of the clergy
242
Of the civil state
255
Of the military and maritime states
262
Of master and servant
272
Of husband and wife
279

Introduction
7
Of the absolute rights of individuals
83
Of the parliament
98
Of the king and his title
124
Of the kings royal family
142
Of the councils belonging to the king
147
Of the kings duties
151
Of the kings prerogative
154
Of parent and child
288
Of guardian and ward
298
Of corporations
303
Varia
317
Table of Cases
381
Table of Statutes
387
Index of Persons and Places
401
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Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) was a prominent public figure in the eighteenth century. Judge and jurist, barrister and politician, his work has had a profound influence on the Anglo-American legal tradition. The first Vinerian Professor of English Law, Blackstone was a Justice of theCourt of Common Pleas at the time of his death. The Commentaries published in eight editions in his lifetime, and a posthumous ninth edition in 1783.David Lemmings is is Professor of History and Leader of the "Change" research programme in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Wilfrid Prest is Professor Emeritus of Law and History at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of William Blackstone:Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century (OUP 2012) as well as many other works of legal history.

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