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Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765)

William Blackstone

The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765-1769. The Commentaries were long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first methodical treatise on the common law suitable for a lay readership since at least the Middle Ages. The common law of England has relied on precedent more than statute and codifications and has been far less amenable than the civil law, developed from the Roman law, to the needs of a treatise. The Commentaries were influential largely because they were in fact readable, and because they met a need. The work is as much an apologia for the legal system of the time as it is an explanation; even when the law was obscure, Blackstone sought to make it seem rational, just, and inevitable that things should be how they were. (Summary from Wikipedia.)

The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765-1769. The Commentaries were long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first methodical treatise on the common law suitable for a lay readership since at least the Middle Ages. The common law of England has relied on precedent more than statute and codifications and has been far less amenable than the civil law, developed from the Roman law, to the needs of a treatise. The Commentaries were influential largely because they were in fact readable, and because they met a need. The work is as much an apologia for the legal system of the time as it is an explanation; even when the law was obscure, Blackstone sought to make it seem rational, just, and inevitable that things should be how they were. (Summary from Wikipedia.)
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The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765-1769. The Commentaries were long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first methodical treatise on the common law suitable for a lay readership since at least the Middle Ages. The common law of England has relied on precedent more than statute and codifications and has been far less amenable than the civil law, developed from the Roman law, to the needs of a treatise. The Commentaries were influential largely because they were in fact readable, and because they met a need. The work is as much an apologia for the legal system of the time as it is an explanation; even when the law was obscure, Blackstone sought to make it seem rational, just, and inevitable that things should be how they were. (Summary from Wikipedia.)

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English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

17h 54m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

32:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

24:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

21:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

31:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

20:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

34:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

19:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

32:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

33:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

12:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

22:11