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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France

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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE
Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
page 179



.A.D. 1254.] JUDICIAL ORDINANCES. only for the punishment that may ensue at our hands, but for fear of public disgrace and the judgment of God hereafter. "W e likewise forbid and prohibit all our said bailiffs, provosts, mayors, judges, and others our officers, either to swear by or blaspheme the name of God, his holy mother, or the blessed saints in paradise, or to game with dice, or to frequent taverns, or houses of ill-fame, under penalty of deprivation of office and undergoing such other punishment as tbeir crimes may deserve. We order, likewise, that common prostitutes and women too free of their favours, be put out of private bouses, and separated from others of a different behaviour ; and that no person let to hire any house or habitation for them to carry on their libidinous trade and vicious habits of luxury. " W e also forbid and prohibit any of our bailiffs, provosts, mayors, or others our officers, to have the boldness to acquire or purchase, by themselves or others, any lands or possessions in the districts over which they have been appointed to administer justice, without our being previously made acquainted therewith, and our leave and license first had and obtained. Should they act otherwise, we will and declare that such lands and possessions, so acquired, be confiscated to our benefit. " In like manner, we forbid any of our aforesaid superior officers, so long as they shall be in our service, to marry their sons, daughters, or other relatione they may have, to any persons within their bailiwicks or district, without our special permission first obtained. W e also include within the above prohibitions of acquisitions of property and marriage, all other inferior judges, or other subalterns of office. " W e likewise forbid any bailiff, provost, or other, to have too great a number of sergeants or beadles, so that the people may be aggrieved thereat. M We also forbid any of our subjects to be personally arrested or imprisoned for any debts of theirs, but what may be owed to the crown, and that any fine be levied on any of our subjects for debt. " W e likewise ordain that those who may hold our pro vostships, viscountships, or other offices, do not sell nor trans fer them to any other person without our consent. And


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