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:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England


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The impact of the Conquest was not nearly so dramatic on the law regarding movables as on that regarding land. Considerable continuities are noted, for example with regard to bequests and to warranty of sales. Transactions concerning movables seem largely to have taken place in the local courts that also survived the Conquest, and which, especially in hundreds and boroughs, felt considerable continuing influence from members of English origin. In addition, the impact of Norman forms of lordship was less significant on movables than on land. This in turn meant that the division of interests in a movable possession was normally less complex than in a piece of land. Such differing complexity would have a continuing effect on the different development of law regarding movables and land.

Keywords: Anglo-Norman period; ownership; succession; movables; land

Chapter.  3579 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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