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pleas of the crown


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The notion of the pleas of the crown can be traced back to Anglo‐Saxon times to describe those wrongs which were the particular concern of the king and for which the king was entitled to take a fine (wite). Later under the Norman kings and their successors the term came to mean those pleas or cases which concerned the king as distinct from pleas between subjects—common pleas.

Subjects: British History.


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