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Reeves' History of the English Law, Vol. 2 of 3

Excerpt from Reeves' History of the English Law, Vol. 2 of 3: From the Time of the Romans, to the End of the Reign of Elizabeth We now enter upon a period when the law made a very great and sudden advancement. It is generally agreed that this is, in no small degree, to be ascribed to the wisdom and activity of the prince on the throne, who, though his whole reign, and indeed within the first thirteen years of it, laboured more than any of his predecessors to improve our judicial polity in all its parts. So successful were his endeavours, and so permanent have been their effects, that Edward I. has obtained with posterity the distinguished title of the English Justinian. Sir Matthew Hale is very full and significant in the enlogium he bestows on this monarch. "It appears," says he, "that the very scheme, mould, and model of the common law, especially in relation to the administration of the common justice between party and party, as it was highly rectified, and set in a much better light and order by this kind than his predecessors left it to him; so in a very great measure it was continued the same in all succeeding ages to this day: so that the mark or epocha we are to take for the true stating of the law of England, What it is, is to be considered, stated, and estimated, from what it was when this king left it"(a). The justness of this representation will be seen in the sequel. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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