Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765)

William BLACKSTONE (1723 - 1780)

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.)

Genre(s): Law, Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Jc Guan
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Play 01 Introduction - Section 1 - Part 1 Jc Guan
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Play 02 Introduction - Section 1 - Part 2 Jc Guan
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Play 03 Introduction - Section 1 - Part 3 Graham Redman
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Play 04 Introduction - Section 1 - Part 4 Jc Guan
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Play 05 Introduction - Section 2 - Part 1 Jc Guan
00:24:56
Play 06 Introduction - Section 2 - Part 2 Jc Guan
00:28:13
Play 07 Introduction - Section 2 - Part 3 Jc Guan
00:13:18
Play 08 Introduction - Secton 3 - Part 1 Jc Guan
00:28:20
Play 09 Introduction - Section 3 - Part 2 Jc Guan
00:22:29
Play 10 Introduction - Section 3 - Part 3 Jc Guan
00:28:56
Play 11 Introduction - Section 4 - Part 1 Jc Guan
00:32:50
Play 12 Introduction - Section 4 - Part 2 Jc Guan
00:25:44
Play 13 Ch 1: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals - Part 1 Anna Simon
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Play 14 Ch 1: Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals - Part 2 Anna Simon
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Play 15 Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 1 Jc Guan
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Play 16 Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 2 Graham Redman
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Play 17 Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 3 Jc Guan
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Play 18 Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 4 Graham Redman
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Play 19 Ch 2: Of the Parliament - Part 5 Graham Redman
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Play 20 Ch 3: Of the King and his Title - Part 1 Jc Guan
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Play 21 Ch 3: Of the King and his Title - Part 2 Jc Guan
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Play 22 Ch 3: Of the King and his Title - Part 3 Jc Guan
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Play 23 Ch 4: Of the King's Royal Family Jc Guan
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Play 24 Ch 5: Of the Councils Belonging to the King Sibella Denton
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Play 25 Ch 6: Of the King's Duties Sibella Denton
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Play 26 Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 1 Sibella Denton
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Play 27 Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 2 Sibella Denton
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Play 28 Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 3 Sibella Denton
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Play 29 Ch 7: Of the King's Prerogative - Part 4 Sibella Denton
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Play 30 Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 1 Sibella Denton
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Play 31 Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 2 Sibella Denton
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Play 32 Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 3 Sibella Denton
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Play 33 Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 4 Sibella Denton
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Play 34 Ch 8: Of the King's Revenue - Part 5 Sibella Denton
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Play 35 Ch 9: Of Subordinate Magistrates - Part 1 Sibella Denton
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Play 36 Ch 9: Of Subordinate Magistrates - Part 2 Sibella Denton
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Play 37 Ch 9: Of Subordinate Magistrates - Part 3 Sibella Denton
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Play 38 Ch 10: Of the People, whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives Sibella Denton
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Play 39 Ch 11: Of the Clergy - Part 1 Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
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Play 40 Ch 11: Of the Clergy - Part 2 Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
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Play 41 Ch 12: Of the Civil State Sibella Denton
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Play 42 Ch 13: Of the Military and Maritime States Jc Guan
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Play 43 Ch 14: Of Master and Servant Sibella Denton
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Play 44 Ch 15: Of Husband and Wife Andrew Coleman
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Play 45 Ch 16: Of Parent and Child Jc Guan
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Play 46 Ch 17: Of Guardian and Ward Sibella Denton
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Play 47 Ch 18: Of Corporations - Part 1 Sibella Denton
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Play 48 Ch 18: Of Corporations - Part 2 Sibella Denton
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