"He quoted Coke and Blackstone,"

The legal writings of Coke and Blackstone were for many years recognised as primary texts in English and American law.


Sir Edward Coke (1 February 1552 - 3 September 1634)
Public DomainSir Edward Coke (1 February 1552 - 3 September 1634) - Credit: Thomas Athow

Sir Edward Coke was an English barrister, judge and politician. He was considered the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and as Attorney General led the prosecution in several notable cases, including Robert Devereux, Sir Walter Raleigh and the Gunpowder Plot conspirators. He did much to lay down the foundations of modern law in his Institutes, was instrumental in the passage of the Petition of Rights (a document considered one of the three crucial constitutional documents of England, along with the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights 1689), and profoundly influenced the Third and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution while necessitating the Sixteenth.


Sir William Blackstone (10 July 1723 – 14 February 1780)
Public DomainSir William Blackstone (10 July 1723 – 14 February 1780) - Credit: National Portrait Gallery













Sir William Blackstone was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the 18th century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England, a work which had a tremendous influence on English and American common law and which continues to be cited in Supreme Court decisions to this day.