Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

Source Details

Baker, J.H., ed., Reports of Cases from the Time of King Henry VIII. (Selden Society, vols. 120-121.)

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 472


Dates: 1509 - 1547

Archival Reference: British Library, Gray's Inn

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • English - Middle English


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: Facing page translation

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England


Record Types: 

  • Court Roll
  • Other
  • Law - Treatise/Commentary

Subject Headings: 

  • Family / Children
  • Education / Universities
  • Economy - Trade
  • Economy - Guilds and Labor
  • Economy - Crafts and Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Government
  • Law - Canon
  • Law - Secular
  • Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Reform
  • Towns / Cities
  • Women / Gender


  • Index
  • Appendix
  • Introduction


Henry VIII’s reign was a period of legal innovation. Not only did Year-Books continue to report the law, but individuals also compiled personalized reports of cases. These unofficial reports typically detail how arguments were made and how decisions were reached. They were much more detailed than the offical court records. In these volumes Baker has edited the reports compiled by 13 individuals including Roger Yorke, Richard Pollard, John Caryll the younger, and William Yelverton. The first volume has a table of statutes, tables of cases and an introduction. The second volume contains the appendices and the index.

For more information about law reporting see J. H. Baker, The Common Law Tradition: Lawyers, Books and the Law (London: Hambledon Press, 2000), Part II.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction disucsses law reporting in the time of Henry VIII and describes each of the reports included in this volume.

Cataloger: SES