William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century (Paperback)Wilfrid Prest (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 606 g
Dimensions: 235 x 162 x 22 mm
...a splendidly controlled and fascinating story of a major historical figure who has never had anything like such treatment before...richly documented, unwaveringly fair but never constrained by the relative lack of personal sources, and above all judicious, indeed magisterial, albeit with numerous human touches... * Professor Paul Langford, Lincoln College, Oxford *
This fine biography of Sir William Blackstone displays both Wilfrid Prest's command of English legal history and his ability to tell the dancer from the dance. For more than two centuries now...Blackstone the jurisprudent has been obscured by Blackstone the law-book. Behind the lucidity and balance of Blackstone's Commentaries, Prest reveals the pompous, energetic man who penned them: an orphan, a scholar, a forceful academic politician, a shrewd estate manager, and, finally, when his ship came in, a thoughtful and progressive judge. Prest has also overcome the temptation to dwell on his subject's times rather than his life. To our continuing discussion of Blackstone, this book restores the human element...The William Blackstone who appears in these pages is a man to be taken on his own forceful terms. * Allen D. Boyer, Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Vol 22, 2010 *
There is much to commend in Wilfrid Prest's biography... * H. T. Dickinson, Times Literary Supplement, February 2009 *
[An] exceptionally well-written and absorbing study. * David Womersley, The Social Affairs Unit: July 27, 2009 *
...a fascinating account of the man and the eighteenth-century social, political and legal milieu in which he lived...Professor Prest has written a substantial, fair-minded and elegant biography of a most distinguished man. It deserves a wide readership. * Dr R O'Regan, Supreme Court of Queensland Library History Program Yearbook 2008 *
...meticulously researched, balanced in tone, and eminently readable. * Kyle Day, Bar News (NSW Bar Association) Winter 2009 *
Wilfrid Prest has produced an important and much anticipated study. His William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century provides the authoritative and skillful biography that the 'learned Commentator on the Laws of England' long deserved...Thanks to Prest's researches, both editorial and biographical, we are now equipped with dramatically more information about Blackstone's career and activities than at any previous time. And the insights provided in this skillful and illuminating biography are a splendid reward for such extensive researches. * David Lieberman, Legal History, Volume 13, No. 1, 2009 *
Wilfrid Prest's intellectual biography presents us with a more rounded and, it must be admitted, more attractive, figure than hitherto imagined, and to this extent his exploration of the byways of Blackstone's career is very valuable. * Andrew Lewis, The International Journal of Law in Context *
Prest reminds us in his conclusion that the aim of his book was "to tell the story of Blackstone's life and work in his own time, while recognizing the Commentaries as still his major claim to fame"...Wilfred Prest accomplished his objective, and did so very well indeed. * James Oldham, The Journal of Law and History Review *
Prest has pursued Blackstone remorselessly through the archives, making light of the frustrating lack of personal material, to present, for the first time, a chronological account of Blackstone's life. And, if a few gaps remain, his elegant prose makes them seem unimportant. The result is a biography which, while it may not significantly alter our view of Blackstone, does full justice to and important academic, political and legal career. * Ian Doolittle, The English Historical Review *
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