Ferdinando Pulton

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Ferdinando Pulton[1] (1536–1618) was an English legal writer, the first to attempt a comprehensive book treating criminal law. This was his De pace Regis et regni,[2] first published in 1609.

Pulton belonged to Lincoln's Inn, but he was a Roman Catholic, so that at that time a legal career was denied to him. He was a student at Christ's College, University of Cambridge.

He wrote also a Collection of Sundrie Statutes (1618). This is credited with making the term Star Chamber common in use.[3] An earlier work was the 1577 Abstract of all the penall Statutes.[4]

He resided in Bourton, Buckinghamshire.[5]


  • Concise Dictionary of National Biography


  1. ^ Ferdinand, Fardinando Pulton.
  2. ^ In print (2005) ISBN 1-58477-697-8, ISBN 978-1-58477-697-0.
  3. ^ Star Chamber: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
  4. ^ An Abstract of all the penall Statutes : PULTON, (Ferdinando)
  5. ^ Borough of Buckingham (including Bourton, Lenborough and Gawcott)