Chapter

Land

John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260301.003.0014

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England

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This chapter concentrates primarily on the period up to 1135, with the balance of evidence causing some prioritisation of the reign of Henry I. It begins with the issue of lordship and lay landholding, and then examines the questions of security of tenure, heritability, and alienability. Information is most extensive for the upper levels of society, and the potential for variation according to social standing must be remembered. The divisions between forms of tenure apparent in later mediaeval common law — frankalmoign, knight service, serjeanty, socage, and villeinage — are only to a limited and varying degree apparent in the Anglo-Norman period. Analysis here is divided into the following general categories; lay free landholding; lay unfree landholding; and ecclesiastical landholding.

Keywords: Anglo-Norman period; lordship; landholding; tenure; heritability; alienability

Chapter.  21343 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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