The Legal Framework of English Feudalism
The Maitland Lectures Given in 1972
By (author) S. F. C. Milsom
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Legal Framework of English Feudalism by S. F. C. Milsom
Book DescriptionProfessor Milsom works out a fresh view of the beginnings of the common law concerning land. The received picture depends upon progressive assumptions: key words began with their later meanings; the law began with abstract ideas of property; a tenant's title to his tenement was never subject to his lord's control; the lord had no discretion, only the power to decide disputes according to external criteria; jurisdiction in that sense was all the lord lost as royal remedies developed; and all the tenant gained was better protection of unaltered rights. It is a picture of procedural changes taking place against an unchanging background, with the feudal structure at the beginning almost as insubstantial as it was to be at the end.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521082839
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Historical Foundations of the Common Law, Paperback (March 1981)» View all books by S. F. C. Milsom
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