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Medieval Conveyancing

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255376.003.0006
Medieval Conveyancing

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The classical-medieval conveyance was the feoffment with livery of seisin. The expression ‘feoffment with livery of seisin’ did not indicate any twofold ceremony; a grant of a fee was implied by ‘feoffment’, and livery, or delivery of seisin, was the mode in which the grant was made. This delivery of seisin had to be an actual delivery of vacant possession and not a mere symbolic delivery alone, and in order to make a livery of seisin the feoffor had to be seised so that he could relinquish his seisin to the feoffee on the land itself. It is obvious that this mode of conveyance gave to dealings in land a notoriety which no symbolic delivery or delivery of a deed could ever give.

Keywords: medieval conveyancing; feoffment; seisin; deed; charter

Chapter.  10999 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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