Narrationes Modernae

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by William Style

William Style (c.1599–1679) was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1619, and was called to the bar in 1628.[1] Style's Reports, translated by the author from law French into English,[2] are "singularly valuable"[3] as they remain the principal record of decisions by Chief Justices Sir Henry Rolle and John Glynn from the Upper Bench during the time of the Commonwealth.[4] They are also unusual to the time period in that they were prepared for publication by the author himself.[5]

Bibliographic Information

Author: William Style.

Title: Narrationes Modernae, or, Modern Reports Begun in the Now Upper Bench Court at Westminster: in the Beginning of Hillary Term 21 Caroli and Continued to the End of Michaelmas Term 1655.

Publication Info: London: Printed by F. L. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, G. Bedel, and C. Adams, 1658.

Edition: ; [20], 483, [33] pages.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Rebound ca. 1980; includes signatures of "Leeson" and "Nicholas Burnell esqr. 1690."

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


  1. J. H. Baker, "Style, William (c.1599–1679)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 30 May 2013. (Subscription required for access.)
  2. Ibid
  3. Richard Whalley Bridgman, A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and Other Law Writers (London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807), 336.
  4. John William Wallace, The Reporters, Arranged and Characterized with Incidental Remarks, 4th ed., rev. and enl. (Boston: Soule and Bugbee, 1882), 288. See also J. H. Baker, "Style, William."
  5. Ibid.