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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)User Review - Oliver Bateman - Goodreads
When you read legal history this great, you realize there's absolutely no chance that your petty contribution to the scholarship will stand the test of time . Alas, alas, alas... Read full review
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Page 580 - ... view of frankpledge and all that to view of frankpledge doth belong...
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