Coke's Laws

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    These legal treatises written by legal pioneer Sir Edward Coke in 1628, are seen by many as foundational documents of English common law. Charles I had disobeyed the rule of habeas corpus by imprisoning without trial those who refused to pay his taxes. In 1628 Coke presented Charles with the Petition of Right, a statement of the existing law, virtually a new Magna Carta, cleverly worded to redefine basic freedoms. Coke's writings on various cases in the early 1600s have been seen as foundation stones of judicial review, environmental and anti-monopoly law, and freedom from arbitrary search or seizure of someone in their own home. This copy is a 1681 publication of the second part of Coke's Laws.

     

    Shelfmark: 508.f.9, Sig.B

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