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Who Gets to Keep the Child? A Thirteenth-Century Wardship Dispute Turns Ugly

29 November 2023

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 29 November 2023. When Julian of Durham (Jollanus de Dureme)[1] died in 1262, sometime before his postmortem inquisition held 11 Dec. of that year, he likely...

On Delight in Legal History

13 November 2023

Guest post by Richard W. Ireland, 13 November 2023. This piece is about delight. Legal history being, as its name suggests, a hybrid discipline, it sometimes has to defend itself,...

Conjuring and Counterfeits in the Court of Star Chamber (1605)

31 October 2023

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 31 October 2023. While navigating the uncertainties and untruths that swirled in the wake of the Gunpowder Plot, King James’s councillors encountered...

Legal Records Jamboree: 4. Law Reports, Legislation, and Other Legal Records

18 October 2023

Guest post by Daniel Gosling and Charlotte Smith, 18 October 2023. In June 2023, The National Archives (UK), generously supported by The Journal of Legal History/Taylor & Francis...