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English Medieval Legal Documents Database

A Compilation of Published Sources from 600 to 1535

Collections of Statutes

Abridgments, Digests, and Indexes of Statutes

Abridgments of the statutes probably originated in the fifteenth century according to Cowley's Bibliography of Abridgments, which gives a good summary of these early abridgments and indexes of the statutes.(38) A detailed list also appears in Maxwell.(39) Only the most important examples have been listed below.

38. Cowley, John D., comp. A Bibliography of Abridgments, Digests, Dictionaries and Indexes of English Law to the Year 1800. Published in association with the Selden Society. London: Quaritch, 1932, at pp.xviii-xxxix
39. Maxwell, William Harold, and Leslie F. Maxwell , comps. A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations. 8 Vols. 2nd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1955- at pp.563-7