Scotland Under Her Early Kings; A History of the Kingdom to the Close of the Thirteenth Century Volume 2

Scotland Under Her Early Kings; A History of the Kingdom to the Close of the Thirteenth Century Volume 2

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...to be supported by the Senior of the family. A. represents the fourth in descent carrying on the Thancship. Before the introduction of the Charter he would have now acquired the jus hercditatis, or Odal right. B. represents the second cousin, whose ancestors had not held the Seniority, now holding under the head of the family (like the tenant by homage instead of fealty, in the Norman tenure par parage) and founding a Lesser House. In early times probably all the connections of a Cen-cinneth had a right to be thus provided for. C. represents the landless relative, who was latterly reckoned amongst the Carles, though in early days "a gentleman." All the brothers had originally a claim to hold in turn the office of Senior, and a glance at this table will explain the reason why such a principle of succession, wherever it was in force, so often entailed a contest. It would be difficult to form a true conception of the state of society once existing amongst the people of Teutonic as well as of Celtic origin--a state of society that is sometimes almost regarded as a peculiarity confined to the latter race--without some knowledge of the nature of the tie by which the community was bound together in the olden time, and which, though existing at some period amongst the ancestry of nearly every people, and more or less traceable amongst many, is most clearly to be distinguished amongst those of German and Scandinavian origin. At the root of the Germanic system lay the Mag, Cognatio, or Clan, composed of a certain number of Hirds, or Familia, each family being in the immediate "mund," or under the protection, of its natural head, the father, Ealdor, or Senior; on his death breaking up into as many "families" as there...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236617908
  • 9781236617903