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Ames foundation & elh

  1. 1. Bodleian Law Library The Ames Foundation & history of English common law
  2. 2. http://amesfoundation.law. harvard.edu/
  3. 3. Ames Publications 1914 on  11 volumes to date  Most commonly used are its series of Year Books of Richard II  7 v to date for years 2, 6-13 RII  law French text, + Latin text of the record of the case & English translation of both on facing page  Scholarly introduction, tables, and elaborate indexes
  4. 4. Ames publications also  Beale’s Bibliography of Early English Law Books, & Supplement  Lex mercatoria & Legal Pluralism, a (13th treatise with introduction and commentary  Proceedings Before the Justices of the Peace in the (14th & (15th  The Common and Piepowder Courts of Southampton, 1426–1483
  5. 5. HeinOnline Go down the Collections list till you get to Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law
  6. 6. Expand: click on title or +
  7. 7. Click on Ames Foundation link
  8. 8. Citations  “AS” or similiar not necessarily part of citation  The regnal year will be the clue Eg Raynell v Cruwys (1389) YB Pas 12 Ric II, p.182, pl.21  (contrast with usual practice to include SS or EELR for Selden Society volumes)
  9. 9. Raynell v Cruwys (1389) YB Pas 12 Ric II, p.182, pl.21
  10. 10. If you have page citation use drop down menu Note doubling of page numbers…..
  11. 11. Two/double numbers because … First one will take you to original text of the case in Law French …
  12. 12. Second instance of number Will take you to the English translation
  13. 13. If you don’t have citation  It is probably better to use the scanned indexes to pick up relevant page references  Rather than using the Search within function for each individual scan
  14. 14. http://www.law.harvard.edu/li brary/digital/ames/index.html
  15. 15. Open Access – free web
  16. 16. Great asset to YB studies
  17. 17. “Statham’s” Abridgement

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