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“Mr. Barbour’s contribution to the Studies is an attempt to characterize with some precision and detail the functions of the Chancery in the fifteenth century. The court was gradually differentiated from the King’s Council, and the writs of Edward III’s time calling on persons to appear under penalty of a fine or imprisonment (subpoena), and other special injunctions, was generally framed in terms which leave it undecided whether proceedings were to be taken by the King’s Council, or by the Council under the chairmanship of the Chancellor himself with or without the aid of assessors. By the time of Richard II, however, the personal jurisdiction of the Chancellor had acquired a fairly definite range, and was assuming the aspect of a standing institution.” --Preface

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Clarendon Press




Equity, England Court of Chancery, Edward III, Richard II, Fifteenth century


Common Law | Contracts | Legal History


Series: Oxford studies in Social and Legal History ; v. 4, no. 7, 1914.

The History of Contract in Early English Equity