William Blackstone

Conventions of Peers

BOOK THE FIRST.  Chapter the fifth.  Of the COUNCILS belonging to the KING. This chapter describes the four different consular bodies that advise the King of England: parliament, the peers of the realm, the...

Blackstone’s Sister

BOOK  the First.  Chapter the Fourth.  Of the KING’s Royal FAMILY. This short chapter is mostly about queens.  Blackstone explains that there are three kinds.  Most of the chapter is about the queen consort —  the wife...

Equality and Ooze

Book the First. The RIGHTS of PERSONS.  Chapter the Second.  Of the Parliament In this chapter, Blackstone explains (p. 142) that for the rest of Book I he intends to discuss “the rights and duties...

Rights of Passage

Book the First. Chapter the Second.  Of the Parliament BlackStoneWeekly was in the midst of analyzing this chapter when, watching Barack Obama’s inauguration, my attention was drawn to a theme that runs through all four volumes...

Merry Christmas

Book the first.  Of the RIGHTS of PERSONS.  Chapter the first.  Of the absolute RIGHTS of INDIVIDUALS. Black Stone Weekly is taking this week off to celebrate the holidays.  Just one quick note first....