A. W. B. Simpson

in A History of the Land Law

Second edition

Published in print July 1986 | ISBN: 9780198255376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681585 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on the doctrines of tenure. The two most striking doctrines of the land law, at least on first acquaintance, are the doctrines of tenure and of estates. Although the importance of tenures is now minimal, the basic doctrine of tenure still exists. The doctrine of tenure has its origin in the state of social organization known as ‘feudalism’. This chapter discusses in detail the diversity and the classification of tenures. The main purpose of classifying tenures is the help in determining the incidents which the tenant must pay.

Keywords: tenure; land law; estates; feudalism; social organization; tenants

Chapter.  10146 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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