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 core procedures described in Chapter 23 were designed to enforce landholding customs that derived from the Anglo-Norman period. Those customs gave considerable strength to the position of the holder of a free tenement, particularly to those whom charters describe as holding ‘in fee and inheritance’ or ‘in fee farm’. The Angevin procedures changed the legal nature of the tenant's position by establishing rights routinely protected in the royal courts. Linked to these developments came increasing technicality and abstraction, greater definition and precision. These processes often reinforced customary norms but also created situations in which legal rules were distanced from social expectations. This chapter begins with a discussion of the Cockfield case. It then covers landholding and lordship, types of lay free tenure, security of tenure, inheritance, alienability, leases, villeinage tenure, ecclesiastical landholding, and alms tenure; and seisin and right, possession and property.

Keywords: Angevin period; tenants; landholding; lordship; tenure; inheritance; alienability; leases

Chapter.  26435 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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