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The Legal Framework of English Feudalism

The Maitland Lectures given in 1972


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The Legal Framework of English Feudalism by S.F.C. Milsom
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Professor Milsom works out a fresh view of the beginnings of the common law concerning land. The received picture depends upon progressive assumptions: key words began with their later meanings; the law began with abstract ideas of property; a tenant's title to his tenement was never subject to his lord's control; the lord had no discretion, only the power to decide disputes according to external criteria; jurisdiction in that sense was all the lord lost as royal remedies developed; and all the tenant gained was better protection of unaltered rights. It is a picture of procedural changes taking place against an unchanging background, with the feudal structure at the beginning almost as insubstantial as it was to be at the end.
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October 14th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Cambridge University Press
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