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Page 122 - A gold ring set with a cameo of a child's head with much hair. ... 30 sols." But the finest and most important were reserved to embellish the golden casing of the actual shrine containing the bones of the saint that gave all its spiritual virtue to the place. An early instance in this country is recorded of this usage. In a great dearth, Leofric, tenth Abbot of St. Alban's, sold all the gold and silver vessels of his church, "retentis tantummodo quibusdam gemmis preciosis ad quas non invenit emptoros,...
Page 382 - ... evinced, as also an increasing desire to correct the many errors too generally received and repeated as truth. Much useful intelligence has been furnished in the works of several Archaeological Societies, and in the publications of Mr. Nichols, especially the ' Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica ' and ' The Herald and Genealogist '; but the sources whence fresh reliable information may be derived are numerous and almost inexhaustible. It is believed that an illustrated publication, to be...
Page 382 - It is believed that an illustrated publication, to be devoted exclusively to transcripts from original and inedited documents relating principally to Genealogy and Heraldry, would be of great assistance to the labourer in these branches of historical research, as well as of interest to the general reader, and with this object in •view the present work is undertaken. It will contain Genealogies from Heralds' Visitations and from certified Pedigrees, Grants of Arms, Funeral Certificates, Wills, Monumental...
Page 107 - It appears to me, that, in these broken skulls and disjointed bones, we have the result of feasts, at the interment, where slaves, captives, or others were slain and eaten.
Page 19 - When any gold or silver in coin, plate, or bullion hath been of ancient time hidden, wheresoever it be found, whereof no person can prove any property, it doth belong to the King or to some lord or other by the King's grant or prescription. " The reason wherefore it belongeth to the King is a rule of the Common Law : that such goods whereof no person can claim property belong to the King, ' Quod non capit Christus capit Fiscus.' It is anciently called Fyndariugar of finding the Treasure.
Page 20 - Afterwards it was judged expedient for the purposes of the state, and particularly for the coinage, to allow part of what was so found to the king : which part was assigned to be all hidden treasure ; such as is casually lost and unclaimed, and also such as is detignedly abandoned, still remaining the right of the fortunate finder. And that the prince shall be entitled to this hidden treasure is now grown to be, according to Grotius, (a) "jua commune et quasi gentium...
Page 370 - ... and which have not yet been examined with that care and attention which is necessary to enable the antiquary to assign them to any particular locality or person. The Saxon rule became at length established, and then commenced a coinage bearing the name of the prince by whose authority it was issued, and that of the moneyer to whom he committed the privilege of striking it; and, after some time was added the name of the place where it was minted. There are not any existing records which satisfactorily...
Page 20 - As to the place where the finding is ; it seems not material, whether it be hidden in the ground, or in the roof, or walls, or other part of a castle, house, building, ruins, or elsewhere.
Page 103 - ... centuries ago, probably even more yet. In all there were fourteen or fifteen skulls, or parts of skulls, taken from the long barrow just mentioned ; four having belonged to men, five to women, and four or five to children ; and the remainder of the bones of the several bodies — what of them ? They were not ' laid in any order, but the broken bones scattered and lying in the most confused manner — half a jaw, for instance, resting upon part of a thigh-bone, and a fragment of a skull amongst...