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Source Details

Baker, J. H., ed., Reports of Cases by John Caryll. (Selden Society, vols. 115-116.)

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 734


Dates: 1485 - 1522

Archival Reference: BL Harley 1624; H.E. Huntington Library, San Marino EL 6108-6138; BL Harley 1691; BL Harley 6686; BL Harley 5158; Cambridge University Library Gg.3.26, Hh.3.14, Ii.5.10; Lincoln's Inn Maynard 86; Inner Temple Petyt 511/12-13; Harvard Law MS. 16;

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: Facing page translation

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England


Record Types: 

  • Court Roll
  • Other
  • Treatise - Other
  • Law - Treatise/Commentary

Subject Headings: 

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


  • Index
  • Appendix
  • Introduction


Starting in the fourteenth century lawyers composed law reports, unoffical accounts documenting how cases were argued and how decisions were reached. The fifteenth-century portion of Caryll’s reports is the largest series of surviving law reports from that century. Unlike many of his contemporaries he kept his reports separate from his Inner Temple disputations and wrote them in a chronological register in the year-book tradition. This volume, therefore, provides the reader with a chronological selection of cases that were considered significant by the contemporary author. The first volume has a brief but helpful introduction. The second has indices and tables of cases and of statutes.

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 begins with a biographical sketch of John Caryll. The editor then discusses the reports emphasizing that many of them had never been printed and those that had were printed under a different name. Finally he details the method used in publishing this edition.

Cataloger: SES