Book review: An Island's Law – A Bibliographical Guide to Ireland's Legal Past. By William Nial Osborough. [Dublin: Four Courts Press. 2013. 142 pp. Hardback €31.50. ISBN 978-1-84682-416-6.]

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Title: Book review: An Island's Law – A Bibliographical Guide to Ireland's Legal Past. By William Nial Osborough. [Dublin: Four Courts Press. 2013. 142 pp. Hardback €31.50. ISBN 978-1-84682-416-6.]
Authors: Mohr, Thomas
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11216
Date: Nov-2013
Online since: 2019-11-21T15:16:33Z
Abstract: It is often said that Ireland is still awaiting its Holdsworth. In fact scholars have been lamenting the lack of a comprehensive legal history of Ireland long before William Searle Holdsworth wrote his monumental, if flawed, History of English Law. Calls for the creation of a comprehensive text on Ireland’s legal past have been heard since at least the 1840s. The nineteenth century historian James Hardiman exhorted future scholars by emphasising the "abundance of recorded materials" awaiting them. (Tracts Relating to Ireland, vol. ii, (Dublin 1843), p.14). Alas, much of this source material was lost forever during the Irish civil war in 1922 with the destruction of most of the legal documents stored in the Public Record Office located at Dublin’s Four Courts.
Type of material: Review
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Cambridge Law Journal
Volume: 72
Issue: 3
Start page: 803
End page: 805
Copyright (published version): 2013 Cambridge Law Journal and Contributors
Keywords: Irish legal history
DOI: 10.1017/S0008197313000937
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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