The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I. (Google eBook)

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The University Press, 1899 - Law - 1379 pages
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2d ed; vol. 1 of 2.

Review: The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I (Volume I and II)

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On volume one: (written about a year ago) My jurisprudence professor tracked me down at a reception and told me to read this book. I was dubious. English Law before Edward I? Really? This book was a ... Read full review

Contents

Why no trial by battle 50 Treason 51 Homicide 52 Personal
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land tenure 69 Seignorial justice 72 Limits of ducal power 73 Legal
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History of our legal language 80 Struggle between Latin
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Character of Williams laws 89 Personal or territorial laws 90 Main
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Leges Henrici 99 Consiliatio Cnuti 101 Instiluta
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claims of Roman law 112 Growth of Canon law 112 Gratian
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English legists and canonists 120 Scientific work in England 120
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Church property 126 Ecclesiastical dues 127 Matri
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Henrys innovations The jury and the original writ 138 Essence
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Cases in the kings court 156 Law and letters
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The central court 169 Itinerant justices 170 Legislation 170
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Statute law The Charters 178 Provisions of Merton West
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English substance 208 Later law books 209 Legal literature
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professional attorneys 213 Professional pleaders 214 Regulation
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BOOK II
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Feudal tenure 234 Analysis of dependent tenure
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Free alms 240 Meaning of alms 241 Spiritual service
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Pure alms 245 Frankalmoin and ecclesiastical jurisdiction 246
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Units of military service 254 The forty days 254 Knights fees
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ment between king and tenant in chief 258 Honours and baronies
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Duty of the military tenant in chief 262 Position of military sub
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Tenure by escuage 272 The lords right to scutage 274 Reduction
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Serjeanty pp 282290
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I
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serjeanty owed by the kings tenants in chief 283 Serjeanties due
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Meaning of socage 293 Socage in contrast to military
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Vassalism in the Norman age 300 Bracton on homage 301 Homage
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Rights of the lord on the tenants death 310 Prerogative
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Wardship and Marriage pp 318329
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The lords rights vendible 322 Wardship and the serjeanties 323
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Glanvill 332 The Great Charter 332 Bracton
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Legislation as to mortmain 333 Alienation of serjeanties 334 Special
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The serf in relation to his lord 415 Rightlessness of
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The freedman 428 Modes of enfranchisement
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arising from civil death 435 The monk as agent 436 The abbatial
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Exceptional rules applied to the clerk 440 Benefit
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s scheme 448 Henrys scheme and past history 449 Henrys
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of the alien 459 Naturalization 460 Law of earlier times
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The kinds of aliens 464 The alien merchants 464 The alien
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Relation of the Jew to the king 471 Relation of the
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The leper 480 The idiot 481 The lunatic
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of the corporation 488 The anthropomorphic picture of a corporation
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general
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The church as person 501 The church as universitas
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Jurisdiction and the Communities op the Land pp 527532
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The county court 535 Identity of county and county court
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Full courts and intermediate courts 539 The suitors 540 Suit is
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The communal courts in earlier times 545 Struggle between various
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in the kings hands 557 Hundreds in private hands 558 Duties
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Hamlets 562 Vill and village 562 Vill and township
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Contribution of township to general fines 566 Exactions from townships
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Regalities and feudal rights 571 Acquisition of regalities
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Contrast between powers and immunities 577 Sake soke toll
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a manorial court 585 Jurisdiction of the feudal court 586 Civil
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Occupation of the manor house 598 Demesne land 599 The freehold
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Coincidence not always found 607 Nonmanorial vills
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Permanent apportionment of the townships duties 610 Allotment
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Coownership and corporate property 630
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Transition to cent xiii
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Privileged tenure 645 Mesne tenure in the boroughs
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Lands of the borough 652 Waste land 653 The boroughs
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Limits to legislative powers 661 Enforcement of bylaws 661 Rates
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Charters for the borough the county and the whole land 674 Charters
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Criminal liability of the borough 678 Civil liability 679 The com
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Page 580 - ... view of frankpledge and all that to view of frankpledge doth belong...
Page 561 - means a place for which a separate poor rate is or can be made, or for which a separate overseer is or can be appointed...
Page 298 - Hear this, my lord: I will be faithful to you of life and member, goods, chattels, and earthly worship, so help me God and these holy gospels of God.
Page 1 - Such is the unity of all history that any one who endeavours to tell a piece of it must feel that his first sentence tears a seamless web.
Page 45 - ... has passed into common use as a kind of ornament of speech, without any clear sense of its historical meaning. The two phrases are, indeed, intimately connected; they come from the time when the king's protection was not universal, but particular, when the king's peace was not for all men or all places, and the king's highway was in a special manner protected by it. Breach of the king's peace was an act of personal disobedience, and a much greater matter than an ordinary breach of public order;...
Page 4 - ... lawful, than the state was compelled to take part in the multifarious quarrels of the Christians. Hardly had Constantine issued the edict of tolerance, than he was summoning the bishops to Aries (314), even from remote Britain, that they might, if this were possible, make peace in the church of Africa*.
Page 81 - ... writs and oaths, have French names. In the province of justice and police, with its fines, its gaols and its prisons, its constables, its arrests, we must, now that outlawry is a thing of the past, go as far as the gallows if we would find an English institution.
Page xxxiv - In giving the reasons for dealing with this as a separate period, they say ' so continuous has been our English legal life during the last six centuries, that the law of the later middle ages has never been forgotten among us. It has never passed utterly outside the cognizance of our courts and our practicing lawyers.
Page xxxii - And, in point of fact, there is no trace of the laws and jurisprudence of imperial Rome, as distinct from the precepts and traditions of the Roman Church, in the earliest Anglo-Saxon documents. Whatever is Roman in them is ecclesiastical.
Page 232 - Every acre of English soil and every proprietary right therein have been brought within the compass of a single formula, which may be expressed thus : Z. tenet terram illam de . . . domino Rege. The king himself holds land which is in every sense his own ; no one else has any proprietary right in it ; but if we leave out of account this royal demesne, then every acre of land is " held of

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