L'Authoritie et Jurisdiction des Courts de la Majestie de la Roygne

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by Richard Crompton

L'Authoritie et Jurisdiction des Courts de la Majestie de la Roygne

[[File:|center|border|300px]] Title page from L'Authoritie et Jurisdiction des Courts de la Majestie de la Roygne, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Richard Crompton
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Published Londini: in aedibus Caroli Yetsweirti Armig.
Date 1594
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Language French
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Pages 8, 232 leaves
Desc. 4to. (18 cm.)
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Richard Crompton (c. 1529-c. 1599) was a legal writer whose works include A Short Declaration of the Ende of Traytors, and False Conspirators Against the State, Star-Chamber Cases, and an enlargement of Sir Anthony Fitzherbert’s Loffice et authoritie de iustices de peace.[1] Although he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1553 and might have been created a serjeant-at-law, had he desired that honor, Crompton preferred to focus on his “private studies.”[2] His most well-known work is L’authoritie et Jurisdiction des Courts de la Majestie de la Roygne.[3]

L’authoritie et Jurisdiction was the first English law book to focus exclusively on the royal courts.[4] Divided into 23 sections, each focusing on a different court, it serves as a guide to the court system.[5] Crompton describes not only the Court of Star Chamber, the Chancery, and the court functions of Parliament, but other, smaller, and less well-known courts.[6]

As early as 1600, the English legal scholar William Fulbeck praised Crompton’s work, recommending his books to law students because they were both comprehensive and concise, so “that a man may by them in a few hours gain great knowledge.”[7] Roger North similarly considered Crompton’s L’authoritie et jurisidiction to be essential reading for students.[8]

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Bound in recent limp vellum.

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  1. N.G. Jones, "Crompton, Richard (b.c. 1529, d. in or about 1599)" in Oxford English Dictionary of National Biography, accessed May 28, 2015.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. "Bach to Baseball Cards: Preserving the Nation's History at the Library of Congress," Library of Congress, accessed May 28, 2015.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. William Fulbeck and T.H. Sterling, Direction or Preparative to the Study of Law (London: Printed for J. and W.T. Clarke, Law Booksellers and Publishers, 1829), 74.
  8. Jones, "Crompton, Richard."