This chapter focuses on Sir Thomas Littleton and his book, Tenures. Littleton's arrangement of the tenures and the estates of medieval English law passed into the entire literature of the law and the history of medieval English institutions. His Tenures was a masterly summation of English property law as that law stood on the eve of far-reaching adaptations, and was a rose of rational analysis and jurisprudential concerns in a thicket of how-to and what-was-done works. Littleton's achievement was enormous, if for no other reason than that the Tenures demonstrated that the common law of property was not all procedures but also substantive rules.
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