View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages, Volume 3

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W.J. Widdleton, 1866 - Europe
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Page 238 - ... by the law of the land ; it is accorded, assented, and established, that from henceforth none shall be taken by petition or suggestion made to our lord the king, or to his council, unless it be by indictment or presentment of good and lawful people of the same neighbourhood where such deeds be done...
Page 7 - Moreover, we have granted for us and our heirs, as well to archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, and other folk of holy Church, as also to earls, barons, and to all the commonalty of the land, that for no business from henceforth...
Page 108 - Item, whereas the elections of knights of shires to come to the Parliaments of our Lord the King, in many counties of the realm of England, have now of late been made by very great, outrageous, and excessive number of people dwelling within the same counties of the realm of England, of the which most part was of people of small substance, and of no value...
Page 278 - An army marching under the emperor Otho I. was so terrified by an eclipse of the sun, which it conceived to announce this consummation, as to disperse hastily on all sides. As this notion seems to have been founded on some confused theory of the millennium, it naturally died away when the seasons proceeded in the eleventh century with their usual regularity.
Page 334 - ... perhaps hardly so soon as the reign of Edward IV. It is unnecessary to add that neither libraries of books nor pictures could have found a place among furniture. Silver plate was very rare, and hardly used for the table. A few inventories of furniture that still remain exhibit a miserable deficiency. And this was incomparably greater in private gentlemen's houses than among citizens, and especially foreign merchants. We have an inventory of the goods belonging to Contarini, a rich Venetian trader,...
Page 351 - There is one very unpleasing remark, which every one who attends to the subject of prices will be induced to make, that the labouring classes, especially those engaged in agriculture, were better provided with the means of subsistence in the reign of Edward III., or of Henry VI., than they are at present.
Page 41 - But in the very second year of the son's reign,'' they granted the twenty-fifth penny of their goods, " upon this condition, that the king should take advice and grant redress upon certain articles, wherein they are aggrieved.
Page 232 - Camp bell (op. cif., i. 8, 9), " the extraordinary interference of the Chancellor, without common-law process or regard to the common-law rules of proceeding, upon the petition of a party grieved who was without adequate remedy in a court of common law; whereupon the opposite party was compelled to appear and to be examined, either personally or upon written interrogatories ; and evidence being heard on both sides, without the interposition of a jury, an order was made secundum cequum el bonum, which...
Page 275 - Capella. Indeed, I am not aware that there appeared more than two really considerable men in the republic of letters, from the sixth to the middle of the eleventh century ; John, surnamed Scotus or Erigena, a native of Ireland ; and Gerbert, who became pope by the name of Silvester II. : the first endowed with a bold and acute metaphysical genius ; the second excellent, for the time when he lived, in mathematical science and mechanical inventions.
Page 160 - All Europe was a scene of intestine anarchy during the middle ages ; and though England was far less exposed to the scourge of private war than most nations on the continent, we should find, could we recover the local annals of every country, such an accumulation of petty rapine and tumult, as would almost alienate us from the liberty which served to engender it. This was the common tenor of manners...

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