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12 February 2009
Early English Arbitration 
by Derek Roebuck.
Holo, 312 pp., £40, April 2008, 978 0 9544056 1 8
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... It is with Henry II and the first foundations of a modern legal system in the mid-12th century, as a regular court begins to sit in London and the king’s justices ride out on circuit, that DerekRoebuck’s study ends. We possess the texts of a good many Anglo-Saxon laws, translated here by Roebuck into readable modern English; though there are some words that won’t translate – for example ...

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