History of the English Law, from the Time of the Saxons, to the End of the Reign of Philip and Mary; In Four Volumes Volume 1

History of the English Law, from the Time of the Saxons, to the End of the Reign of Philip and Mary; In Four Volumes Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...had no power to give it sanction and authority. While a fact of this sort continues unascertained, the history of the law of Scotland must be involved in great obscurity. See Craigii Inst. Feud. lib. 1. tit. 8. sect. 7. Stair's Inst. fo. 3. tit. 4. sect. 27. Skene's Preface to the Regiam Majestatem. Erskine's Princ. Kaims' Historical Law Tracts; and Dalrymple's Feudal Property passim. The law-language of these times was Latin ox French, but more commonly the former. The only laws of this time now subsisting in Norman-French, are those which compose the first collection of William the Conqueror. All the other laws from that time to the time of Edward I. are in Latin. There are some few charters of the first three Norman kings which are either in Anglo-Saxon or in Latin, with an English version; of Which sort there are. several now remaining in the Cottonian and other collections (a)..... Without doubt the Norman laws of William were proclaimed in the county court in Anglo-Saxon, for the information of the English, who still continued to conduct business there in their own language, as they did in all inferior courts: but in the curia regis and ad scaccariam William obliged them to plead in the Norman tongue, as most consistent with the law there dispensed, and that which was best understood by the justices. However, notwithstanding this language was used in pleading and argument, all proceedings there, when thrown into a record, were inrolled in a more durable language, the Latin. This was the language in which all writs, laws, and charters, whether public or private, were drawn: so that the Norman tongue was of no extensive use here; nor was it till the time of Edward I. that French became of common use in the laws, parliamentary records, ...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236930886
  • 9781236930880