Baildon, William Paley, ed., Select Cases in Chancery A D 1364 to 1471 (Selden Society, 10) Read this source online
Text name(s): Select Cases in Chancery
Number of pages of primary source text: 128
Dates: 1364 - 1471
Archival Reference: PRO, C1, Chancery petitions
- English - Middle English
- Translated into English.
- Original language included.
Translation Comments: Facing-page text and translation
- Court Roll
- Economy - Trade
- Law - Crime
- Law - Secular
- Towns / Cities
- War - Military History
- Women / Gender
Petitions (bills) addressed to Chancellor asking for a remedy (a writ) to help the complainant bring a defendant to court. The procedure includes the bill and writ; by the 1440s, it also includes the written answer of the defendant. The bills are almost always in French until the reign of Henry V when English becomes the norm. The petitions cover a wide array of problems, including mercantile reprisals, piracy, a surgeon’s incompetence,, and suits against foreigners. Part I (1-101) contains early Chancery petitions from 1383 to 1412. Part II (103-58) contains selected petitions, most in French. There is also a Glossary and Index.
Extensive Introduction (xi-xlvi) explains the procedures involved in the equity court of Chancery.