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 Angevin period saw a major dispute concerning clerical status, and significant developments concerning villeinage. The former was produced by deliberate royal action, the latter influenced by legal and judicial developments. Other aspects of the law of status showed little change. Written mentions of trial by peers increased, but the notion was not new, the right not peculiar to one social group. Categorisations in administrative measures had limited effects upon wider legal status. This chapter discusses men of higher status, lesser free men, the unfree, actions concerning status, clergy, lepers, and Jews.

Keywords: Angevin period; legal status; free men; unfree; clergy; lepers; Jews

Chapter.  13767 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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