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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
page 278



Λ .η. 1214.] CIIAItTF.It OF IIEMtr I. a like relief for tlieir land (o their lords. And if any baron or other subject of mine shall wish to give his daughter, his sister, his niece, or other female relative, in marriage, let him ask my permission on the matter; but I will not take any of his property for granting my permission, nor will 1 forbid his giving her in marriage except he wishes to give her to an enemy of mine; and if on the death of a baron or other subject of mine, the daughter is left heiress, I, by the advice of my bannis, will give her in marriage together with her land ; and if on the death of a husband the wife is surviving and is childless, she shall have her dowry for a marriage portion, and I will not give lier away fo another husband unless with her consent; but if a wife survives, having children, she shall have her dowry as a marriage portion, as long as she shall keep herself according to law, and 1 will not give her to a husband unless with her consent; and the guardian of the children's land shall be either the wife, or some other nearer relation, wdio ought more rightly to be so ; and I enjoin on my barons to act in the same way towards the sons and daughters and wives of their dependants. Moreover the common monetage, as taken throughout the cities and counties, such as was not in use in king Edward's time, is hereby forbidden ; and if any one, whether a coiner or any other person, be taken with false money, let strict justice be done to him for it. All pleas and all debts, which were due to the king my brother, 1 forgive, except my farms, and (hose debts which were contracted for the inheritances of others, or for those things which more justly belong to others. And if any one shall have covenanted anything for his inheritance, I forgive it, and all reliefs which were contraeteli for just inheritances. And if any baron or subject of mine shall be ill, 1 hereby ratify all such disposition as he shall have made of his money; but if through service in war or sickness he shall have made no disposition of his money, his wife, or children, or parents, and legitimate dependants, shall distribute it for the good of his soul, as shall seem best to them. If any baron or other subject of mine shall have made forfeiture, he shall not give bail to save his money, as was done, in the time of my father and my brother, but according to the degree, of the forfeiture ; nor shall he make amends for his fault as he did in the time of my father or of my other


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