Tuesday, April 19, 2011
If you ever happen to find yourself in Worcester (England) make sure you stop by the Cathedral to visit the tomb of Thomas de Littleton. Check it out:
Littleton, a judge and legal scholar authored Treatise on Tenures (1481), a book widely regarded the first property textbook (Here's the Wikipedia entry). Famously, Littleton's work was the first attempt to scientifically classify rights in land. The Tenures remained a cornerstone of legal education for almost 350 years and is still an important window into the world of feudal real estate law. If any of you are looking to get me a present this year, Abe Books has a 1594 version going for $3500.