Inquiry Into the Rise and Growth of the Royal Prerogative in England Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... the ancient Germans the territory possessed by the tribe was considered as the property of the community. It was divided into cantons or districts, and these again were subdivided into townships. In every division there was a chief, an assembly of freemen for the regulation of its internal concerns, and a tract of land for the subsistence of its inhabitants. Portions of land were assigned to families and individuals, and after a certain time resumed and distributed to others. In the time of Caesar these allotments were annual. No one was permitted to retain the same spot of ground for more than a year. Agriculture was little regarded, war and hunting were the favourite occupations of the people, and their food consisted chiefly of milk and cheese, and the flesh of animals . When Tacitus wrote, the lands of the tribe continued still to be divided among its members by public authority. Every township had an allotment proportioned to its population, and this allotment was parcelled out among its inhabitants according to their rank 2. We are not told whether the grants to individuals were still annual; but from the progress made in agriculture since the time of Caesar, it is probable that the same lands were occupied by the same persons for a number of years, if not for life. The husbandry of the Germans was still careless and slovenly, and the cultivation of the ground was still regarded as an ignoble employment, unworthy of warriors. But agriculture had become a greater object of interest and attention in the age of Tacitus. Corn was raised in more abundance; an intoxicating liquor was prepared from it; serfs paid their rent in corn as well as in cattle; and granaries were constructed under ground, to conceal it from hostile devastations...
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