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by Ranulf de Glanville

Title Page from Tractatus, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary
Later tradition ascribed to Glanville the invention of the assize of novel disseisin and the action of replevin. This association must be connected with the attribution to him of the Tractatus de legibus et consuetudinibus regni Anglie (commonly called Glanvill), a manual concerning royal judicial procedures, composed, or at least completed, between 1187 and 1189. Roger of Howden, under the year 1180, mentions the appointment as justiciar of Glanville, ‘by whose wisdom the laws written below were established [conditae]’. [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Ranulf de Glanville, (1120?-1190)

Title: Tractatus de Legibus et Consuetudinibus Regni Angliae: Tempore Regis Henrici Secundi Compositus, Iusticie Gubernacula Tenente Illustri Viro Ranulpho de Glanvilla Iuris Regni & Antiquarum Consuetudinu[M] eo Tempore Peritissimo. et Illas Solu[M] Leges Continet & Consuetudines Secundum Quas Placitatur In Curia Regis Ad Scaccarium & Coram Iusticiis Ubicunque Fuerint. Huic Adiectae Sunt A Quodam Legum Studioso Adnotationes Aliquot Marginales Non Inutiles

Published: Londini: in aedibus Richardi Totteli. Cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum, 1554?


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Manuscript notes from the Wolf Law Library's copy of Tractatus.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy


  1. John Hudson, ‘Glanville , Ranulf de (1120s?–1190)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2007 accessed 7 June 2013