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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
page 558



Roads and rivers must be placed in their former state of repair, and a fine to the king must not be forgotten. The lesser roads, however, leading from one city to another, and from borough to borough, and along which merchandize is carried and other business done, are to be subject to the laws of the county ; and if any person erects any work to their detriment, the same is to be levcUed with the ground, and the roads are to be at once put in repair, and reparation is to be made, accord ing to the law of the said county, to the earl and sheriff thereof. The same is to be done likewise as to the lesser rivers. As to the lesser rivers which carry vessels with the things that art! necessary to boroughs and cities, wood, at least, and things of that nature, reparation of them is likewise to be made as pro scribed by the law relative to the lesser roads. Of tìw Divisions of the Shires. " The divisions of the king's Shires properly belong to the same jurisdiction as the four Royal public Roads. The division into Hundreds and "Wapentakes, with their jurisdiction, belong ί to the earls and sheriffs of the counties. Treasures found in the ground belong to our lord the king, unless they are found in a church or in a burial-ground. And even if found there, the gold belongs to the king, and a moiety of the silver, and the other moiety to the church where it is found, whatever church it is, whether rich or poor. Of the Laws as to Murderers. " If a person was murdered anywhere, the murderer was \ sought throughout the vili where the person murdered was found. If he was found, he was to be delivered up to the king's justice, within eight days after the murder. If he could not be fouid, then a period of a month and a day was given for (making search for him ; and if within the given period he pould not be found, then six and forty marks were levied (upon the vili. But if it was not able to make so great a payment, then the amount was to be paid by the hundred Kvhich the vifi was unable to pay. But when the boundaries of p e viB were utterly confused, then the barons were to see that ; t was collected throughout the hundred, and was sealed with the ical of some baron of the county, and then carried to the king's treasurer,who was to keep the same under seal for a year and ι day. If the murderer could bo found within that time,


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