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ENGLISH LAW,

PROM TBK

TIME OF THE SAXONS,

TO THE END OF

THE REIGN OF PHILIP AND MARY.

BY JOHN REEVES, ESQ.

BARRISTER AT LAw.

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CHAP. IX.

EDWARD I.

Statutum Walliae—Ordinatio pro Statu Hibernia—Confirmations of the Charters—De Tallagio non Concedendb—Ordinatio Forestae—Of Wreck-^Wards—Of Aids—Distresses—Assises—Of Attaints—Vouching to Warranty—Attachment—Of Rape—Extortion of Officers—Spreaders of false Reports—Of replevying Prisoners—Of Clergy—Peine forte et dure—The Office of Coroners—Warranty of Tenant per Legem Angliae —Waste—Feigned Recoveries—Homicide se defendendo—Statute of Mortmain—Statute of Acton Burnell 92

CHAP. X.

Origin of Estates-Tail—Regulation of the Eyre—Justices of Nisi Prius—Justices of Gaol-Delivery—Of Replevin —Of Accountants—Waste—Of Execution of Process —Or summoning Jurors—Of Essoins—Writ of Elegit—Bill of Exceptions—Scire Facias—Cui in Vita—. Quod Ei deforceat—Of Presentations to Churches— Admeasurements of Dower and Pasture-^Writs in consimili Casu^-Ejectment of Ward—Presentments of Jurors to be sealed—Rape—Statute of WinchesterStatute of Circumspecte Agatis 163 i , .

- CHAP. XI.

Statute of Quo Warranto—Statute of Quia Emptores— Modus levandi Fines—Statute de Finibus levatis— Writ of Ad Quod Damnum—Statute of Articuli super Chartas—Court of the Steward and Marshal—Writ of Conspiracy—Of the different Courts—An Action of Debt in the Steward's Court—Common Writ of Debt—Of Detinue—Of Covenant—Of Trespass— The Criminal Law—The King and Government —Statutes and Records — Fleta — Britton — Hengham — Thornton—John de Alhona — Miscellaneous Facts '219

CHAP. XII.

EDWARD II.

Statutum de Militibus—Statute de Frangentibus Prisonam —Statute of Articuli Cleri—Sheriffs to be nominated by the Judges—Statute of Gavelet—Of levying Fines— The Statute Praerogativa Regis—Of Homage and Fealty —Statuta Incerti Temporis—Possessio Fratris, &c.— Gifts in Tail—Of Writs of Forraedon—Other real Writs—Writs of Conspiracy and Deceit—Action of Debt—Detinue de Rationabili Parte—Actions of Accompt—Action of Trespass—Of Pleadings and Arguments in Court—The Criminal Law—The King and Government—The Vetera Statuta—The Year-Booki —The Mirror—Miscellaneous Facts 287

CHAP. XIII.

EDWARD III.

Of Judicature in Ireland—Lancaster made a County Palatine—The Charters—Of Purveyance—Tenures—Of the Clergy—Scire Facias for Tythes—Of Provisors— Of Praemumre—Probate of Wills and Intestacy—The

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