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<big>A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes of This Nation: Very Usefull and Commodious for All Students and Such Others as Desire the Knowledge and Understandings of the Laws</big>
 
===by William Noy===
 
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<blockquote> Noy's fame and reputation have traditionally rested on his work as a so-called ‘opposition’ MP in the parliaments in the 1620s, or on his subsequent tenure as attorney-general or, more particularly perhaps, on the seeming political volte face which made the second career possible after the first. Along with his colleague Thomas Wentworth he became a symbol of Stuart political opportunism. Contemporary chroniclers denounced him as a turncoat who had abandoned his principles and his political bedfellows in order to advance his own professional career... These characterizations, while containing some truth, are generally unfair because they fail adequately to reflect either Noy's genuine professionalism, or the complex and often contrary demands placed on a career politician in the early modern world. He had had a long and distinguished career and was held in high esteem as both an MP and a lawyer. If his subsequent work as attorney-general created enduring political controversy, his legal decisions always reflected an honest and intelligent reading of contemporary law. The scope of his learning was beyond dispute. He wrote or compiled a number of thoughtful and important works on the law, including ''A Treatise on the Rights of the Crown'' (1634), ''A Treatise of the Principall Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes of this Kingdom'' (1641), ''The Compleat Lawyer'' (1651), and at least one volume of contemporary law reports, all of which were published some time after his death, despite the political odium presumably associated with his name. Perhaps his greatest legacy was the learning he passed on to the subsequent generation of lawyers. Among his pupils were Sir Orlando Bridgman, Sir John Maynard, and most notably, Sir Matthew Hale. <ref> James S. Hart Jr, ‘Noy , William (1577–1634)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2009 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20384, accessed 7 June 2013] </ref> </blockquote>
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'''Published:''' London: by T.N. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, R. Best, and G. Bedell, 1651.  
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}}[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Noy William Noy] (1577-1634) was an English barrister who was appointed by Sir Francis Bacon to be an official recorder for the courts of common law. During this time, Noy joined others in an attempt to review English statute law. In 1621 he became a leading figure in Parliament. From 1631-1634 Noy served as attorney general and these three years were marked by controversy.<ref>James S. Hart Jr, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20384 "Noy , William (1577–1634)"] in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'' (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed October 9, 2013.</ref> His death in 1634 was received with mixed feelings because while many colleagues held him in high regard, many were displeased by his surly and discourteous personality.<ref>Ibid.</ref> "Perhaps his greatest legacy was the learning he passed on to the subsequent generation of lawyers. Among his pupils were Sir Orlando Bridgman, Sir John Maynard, and most notably, Sir Matthew Hale."<ref>Ibid.</ref><br />
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''A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes in this Nation'', first published in 1641, was originally written in French and "translated by a person who was neither well acquainted with the language of the work, nor understood the subjects of which it treated. The defective translation continued to be reprinted until [W. M.] Blythewood's edition" in 1817.<ref>J. G. Marvin, ''Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books'' (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 542-543.</ref> Noy "was a profound laywer, and his maxims and observations, notwithstanding the disadvantages under which they labored, have always been regarded as 'a collection of reputation and authority.'"<ref>Ibid, 543.</ref>
  
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
[[File:NoyTreatisePrincipalGroundsMaximesLawes1651Chart.jpg|left|thumb|200px|<center>An Analysis of the Laws of England.</center>]]
 
  
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
  
 
View this book in [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/2094080 William & Mary's online catalog.]
 
View this book in [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/2094080 William & Mary's online catalog.]
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A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes of This Nation: Very Usefull and Commodious for All Students and Such Others as Desire the Knowledge and Understandings of the Laws

by William Noy

A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes
NoyTreatisePrincipalGroundsMaximesLawes1651TitlePage.jpg

Title page from A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author William Noy
Editor First Last
Translator First Last
Published London: Printed by T.N. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, R. Best, and G. Bedell
Date 1651
Edition 2nd, with additions
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William Noy (1577-1634) was an English barrister who was appointed by Sir Francis Bacon to be an official recorder for the courts of common law. During this time, Noy joined others in an attempt to review English statute law. In 1621 he became a leading figure in Parliament. From 1631-1634 Noy served as attorney general and these three years were marked by controversy.[1] His death in 1634 was received with mixed feelings because while many colleagues held him in high regard, many were displeased by his surly and discourteous personality.[2] "Perhaps his greatest legacy was the learning he passed on to the subsequent generation of lawyers. Among his pupils were Sir Orlando Bridgman, Sir John Maynard, and most notably, Sir Matthew Hale."[3]

An Analysis of the Laws of England.

A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maximes of the Lawes in this Nation, first published in 1641, was originally written in French and "translated by a person who was neither well acquainted with the language of the work, nor understood the subjects of which it treated. The defective translation continued to be reprinted until [W. M.] Blythewood's edition" in 1817.[4] Noy "was a profound laywer, and his maxims and observations, notwithstanding the disadvantages under which they labored, have always been regarded as 'a collection of reputation and authority.'"[5]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

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

References

  1. James S. Hart Jr, "Noy , William (1577–1634)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed October 9, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. J. G. Marvin, Legal Bibliography or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books (Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, 1847), 542-543.
  5. Ibid, 543.