Wilfrid Prest

Professor Emeritus

Home Institution, University of Adelaide

LAPA Fellow, 2001-2002

LAPA Fellow

 Ligetwood 311, University of Adelaide,, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia

 Curriculum Vitae

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While at LAPA
Wilfrid Prest, Professor of History at the University of Adelaide. His primary area of interest is the social history of law and lawyers. His most recent book is Albion Ascendant: English History 1660-1815 (Oxford University Press, 1998), and he has edited the forthcoming Wakefield Companion to South Australian History. He holds a B.A. from the University of Melbourne and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Prest has taught at John Hopkins University and St. Andrews University, Scotland, and he recently held a fellowship at the National Humanties Center. While at Princeton, he will be completing a book on civil litigation in post-Restoration England and pursuing research for a full-length biography of William Blackstone. He also will teach a freshman seminar: "Lawyers and Litigation, Past and Present."


All the following publications owe something to my year as a LAPAN:

‘Blackstone as Architect: Constructing the Commentaries’, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, 15 (2003), 103-133

The Letters of Sir William Blackstone 1744-1780 London. Selden Society, supplementary series 14, 2006. xxxiv + 208 pp.

‘William Blackstone and the Historians’, History Today, 2006, vol. 56, no. 7, 44-49


William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008. xvii + 355 pp.

Blackstone and his Commentaries: Biography, Law, History Oxford. Hart Publishing, 2009. xv + 253 pp.