Nichols, Francis Morgan. Britton: The French Text Carefully Revised with an English Translation, Introduction and Notes. Originally published: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1865. Two volumes. lxv, 419; iii, 399 pp. Reprinted 2003 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584772583; ISBN-10: 1584772581. Hardcover. New. $85. * Probably originally compiled by John le Breton around 1290, it is the oldest English law book in French. Consisting of French text with parallel English translation and a glossary of French terms, this edition edited and translated by Nichols is considered the "standard edition" by Walker. Along with Fleta, Britton is one of two significant law books produced during the reign of Edward I [1272-1307]. The origins of Britton may be traced to a project of Edward I to produce a digest of the English law in the spirit of Justinian's Institutes. Book One outlines the authority of justices and officers and defines the nature of various personal pleas (including pleas of the crown). Book Two describes disseisins and their remedies. Book Three treats intrusions and their remedies. Book Four describes pleas relating to advowsons and the property of churches (and of attaints). Book Five outlines pleas of dower and entry. Book Six defines different kinds of proprietary actions. In all, this treatise offers an incomparable overview of British law during the medieval era. Walker, The Oxford Companion to Law 154.
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