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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 315



3 Π I'.OGKi: OV WE.NDOVEK. [Λ. η . 1C15. us cues, and our sheriff or bailiff sliows our letters patent, with a warning from us of the debt which the deceased owed us, it shall be lawful for our sheriff or bailiίΓ to attach and reduce to writing the chattels of the deceased which are found in his lay fee, to the value of that debt, according to the decision of legal men, so that nothing may be moved from thence till our debt is ascertained and paid, and then the residue shall be left to the deceased's executor to execute his will ; and if he owes us nothing, all the chattels shall go out to the deceased, except reasonable portions for his wile and his sons.* No constable or bailiff of his shall take the corn or chattels of any one who does not belong to the town where the castle is situated, unless be immediately pays him money, or has regard for the same at the will of the seller ; but if he belongs to that town, lie shall pay the price within forty days. No constable shall compel any knight to pay him for taking care of his castle, if he wishes to do it personally, or by some other approved person, if he cannot do it by reasonable cause ; and if we shall send him to the army, he shall he quit of his wardship as long as he is detained by us in the army, as regards the tee for which he served in our armv. No bailiff, sheriff, or other agent of ours, shall take horses encarts belonging to anv one for carriage of goods, unless he pays tlic livery determined on of old ; that is to say, for a cart with two horses ten pence a day, and for one with three horses fourteen pence a day. No cart belonging to any ecclesiastical person, or knight, or any lady, shall be taken by the aforesaid bailiff-; nor will we, or our bailiffs, or any others take wood belonging to another to make our castles or to do our work, unless by consent of the party to whom the wood belongs. We will retain the lands of those Convicted of felony only for one year and one day, and then they shall be given up to the lords of the fees. All the weirs shall be hereafter done away with entirely in the Thames and the iledway, and throughout all Kurope except at the sea-coast. The brief called ' praecipe," shall hereafter not issue to any one for any tenure whereby a free man may lose bis court. * Paris gives in addition " If nny free man dies intestate, his goods «hall be distributed, according to the derision of the church, by his relatives, parents, or friends, saving to each of them the délits winch the deceased uwtd him."


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