Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765)


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The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765-1769.

The Commentaries were long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first methodical treatise on the common law suitable for a lay readership since at least the Middle Ages. The common law of England has relied on precedent more than statute and codifications and has been far less amenable than the civil law, developed from the Roman law, to the needs of a treatise. The Commentaries were influential largely because they were in fact readable, and because they met a need. The work is as much an apologia for the legal system of the time as it is an explanation; even when the law was obscure, Blackstone sought to make it seem rational, just, and inevitable that things should be how they were. (Summary from Wikipedia.)

(17 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Preface 5:03 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 1 - Part 1 22:37 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 1 - Part 2 23:29 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 1 - Part 3 13:35 Read by Graham Redman
Introduction - Section 1 - Part 4 19:27 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 2 - Part 1 24:56 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 2 - Part 2 28:13 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 2 - Part 3 13:18 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Secton 3 - Part 1 28:20 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 3 - Part 2 22:29 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 3 - Part 3 28:56 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 4 - Part 1 32:50 Read by Jc Guan
Introduction - Section 4 - Part 2 25:44 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 1: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals - Part 1 28:39 Read by Anna Simon
Ch 1: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals - Part 2 23:46 Read by Anna Simon
Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 1 18:42 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 2 17:37 Read by Graham Redman
Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 3 18:34 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 4 30:00 Read by Graham Redman
Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 5 20:56 Read by Graham Redman
Ch 3: Of the King and his Title - Part 1 26:39 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 3: Of the King and his Title - Part 2 25:12 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 3: Of the King and his Title - Part 3 27:09 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 4: Of the King's Royal Family 16:31 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 5: Of the Councils Belonging to the King 11:01 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 6: Of the King's Duties 6:53 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 1 19:32 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 2 24:10 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 3 24:05 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 4 18:05 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 1 19:41 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 2 24:04 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 3 22:17 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 4 24:40 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 5 24:49 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 9: Of Subordinate Magistrates - Part 1 21:00 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 9: Of Subordinate Magistrates - Part 2 15:17 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 9: Of Subordinate Magistrates - Part 3 16:34 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 10: Of the People, whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives 19:04 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 11: Of the Clergy - Part 1 18:52 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Ch 11: Of the Clergy - Part 2 31:10 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Ch 12: Of the Civil State 20:21 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 13: Of the Military and Maritime States 34:48 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 14: Of Master and Servant 19:00 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 15: Of Husband and Wife 32:06 Read by Andrew Coleman
Ch 16: Of Parent and Child 33:47 Read by Jc Guan
Ch 17: Of Guardian and Ward 12:02 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 18: Of Corporations - Part 1 15:56 Read by Sibella Denton
Ch 18: Of Corporations - Part 2 22:10 Read by Sibella Denton

Reviews

Fantastic

(5 stars)

Will they make recordings of the other three volumes?

Danny E

(5 stars)

Great book to help understand the basis of American law.