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“[Staunford] wrote books so crammed with references and quotations that he seemed incapable of venturing an opinion unless it could be derived from someone else. In that sense Staunford was the first modern legal textbook writer”
– J H Baker, English Law and the Renaissance

“So much is to be found in Men of all conditions, of that which is call’d Pedantry in Scholars: which is nothing else but an obstinate addiction”
– Thomas Sprat, The History of the Royal Society, London

(And yes, the latter is taken from the Facebook feed of a friend, who incidentally occasionally does read this blog)


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