Agrarian Changes and Security of Tenure

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

Agrarian Changes and Security of Tenure

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This chapter examines the property law related to agricultural land and security of tenure in England during the Tudor period. At the end of the 15th century the law of real property appeared still to be predicated on a feudal world in which little had happened since the reign of Edward I. Most agrarian laws were rooted in ancient real actions and assizes. Real actions or court cases became rare by the end of the 16th century because of land use policy and because of developments in agrarian management, such as the enclosure movement.

Keywords: agrarian law; security tenure; land tenure; property law; enclosure; land use policy

Chapter.  14313 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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