TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SIR EDWARD COKE (1552)

Sir Edward Coke (1552)

One of the most eminent jurists in the history of English law, Coke held some of the highest legal offices in Britain during his career. However, his enduring fame and importance rests principally on his legal writings, which for centuries served as invaluable guides to jurists both at home and abroad, and on his staunch defense of common law in the face of royal absolutism, a position which earned him the ire of many powerful figures, like kings and church leaders. Who was Coke’s chief rival? More… Discuss

 

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