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Curia Regis Rolls (1157-1250)

The rolls, of which the Latin text is transcribed in this series, record proceedings in the King’s Bench (later known as the court of Common Pleas) and in the court corum rege. The Bench was the most powerful of the English Law Courts, dealing with treason and other serious crimes. Apart from their value for the study of medieval English law, these constitute a resource central to the study of the political, legal, governmental, social and economic life of the period. The Library holds 7 volumes for the reigns of Richard I and John covering 1157-1216 and 13 volumes from the reign of Henry III covering the period 1218-1250 (published 1922-1938 onwards).