Thomas de Littleton Tenures 1481

Littleton Tenures 1481 – Treatise on Tenures – The Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England

Thomas de Littleton (c.1422–1481)

Thomas de Littleton Tenures - Sir Thomas de Littleton authored the first legal textbook, Treatise on Tenures.
Thomas de Littleton Tenures – Sir Thomas de Littleton authored the first legal textbook, Treatise on Tenures.

In the mid-fifteenth century, the printing press ushered in revolutionary transformations in many elements of European culture and society.

The ability to communicate written content, ranging from one-page pamphlets to multivolume volumes, all teeming with knowledge to be spread and gained, lay the foundation for numerous profound breakthroughs that accumulated over the years.

Those revolutionary developments were felt in the legal field as well, albeit there was some initial resistance to textbooks.Long before the printing machine, two of England’s most illustrious jurists penned important legal documents.

The Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England, written by Ranulf de Glanville, chief justiciar during Henry II’s reign, was the first text on English law.

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