The itinerant justices of Henry II

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Rudite Preimats (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Henry II (1154-1189) is most often described as the father of English common law. Indeed his reign is pre-eminent in English history for its legal progress. Yet, many of the reforms and innovations credited to Henry II have antecedents dating back to the reign of his grandfather Henry I (1100-1135), if not before. As Polloclc and Maitland point out in their monumental History of English Law.”Under Henry II the exceptional becomes normal," The system of itinerant justices employed by Henry II to centralize and unify the whole of English law is a case in point. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how the itinerant justice came to be an integral part of the legal machinery utilized by Henry II and, in so doing, to examine the role of the itinerant justice, his duties and his significance, during the reign of this versatile twelfth-century monarch.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1965

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