If you are not a student of medieval law, you might not be familiar with the work of Henry of Bratton (Henricus de Brattona or Bractona). Bratton was a judge of the court known as coram rege, which later became known as the King's Bench, in the 1250's. He is best known for writing the extended treatise, "De legibus et consuetudinibus Angliae", which translated means, "On the Laws and Customs of England". This work is referred to in some quarters as "the crown and flower of English jurisprudence", and it is available here in both Latin and English. Interestingly enough, it is now thought that most of the work was actually written in the 1220s and 1230s by persons other than Bratton himself. Here, visitors can browse through the work as they see fit. The work was digitized by staff members at the Harvard Law School Library, and for persons with an interest in legal history, this work will be useful for research purposes.


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