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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 318



Λ. ». 1215.] MAONA ΠΙΙΛΚΤΑ. forth be allowed to give his land to a religious house, so as to resume possession of it to he held of that sum house, nor shall any religions house be allowed so to receive land as to give; it back in tenure to him from whom they received possession of it; but if any one henceforth thus gives his land to a religions house and is convicted of so doing, his gift shall be altogether annulled, and the land shall fall int the possession of the lord of that fee. Scutagc shall henceforth lie taken as it used to be taken in the time of our grandfather king Henry. And all these aforesaid customs and liberties, which we, as far as pertains to us, have granted to be held in our kingdom, towards all our subjects in our kingdom, shall be observed both by our clergy and laity, as much as pertains to them, towards their dependants, saving to the archbishops, bishops, abbats, priors, templars, hospitallers, earls, barons, knights and all others, ecclesiastics as well as seculars, the liberties and free customs which they formerly had. Witness these, &·." The liberties and free customs of the forest, which could not be contained in the same sheet as the above-written liberties because it was not large enough, are contained in this underwritten charter as follows:— The liberties of the forest. "John, by the ijrtive of Cimi, king of England, Str. Be it known that we, looking to God, and for the safety of outsold, as well as those of our ancestors and successors, have for tin; exaltation of the holy church, and for the improvement of our kingdom, of our own free will, on behalf of ourselves and our heirs, granted these under-mentioned liberties to be bad and held for ever in our kingdom of England. In the first place all the forests, which king Henry our grandfather made, shall be inspected by approved and legal men ; and if any one has made forest of any other wood than that belonging to bis own domain to the injury of the owner of the same, it shall be immediately disfaresti d; and, if he has forested his own wood, it shall remain a forest, saving the common of herbage, and other things in the same forest, to those who used to hold it. All men living without the bounds of a forest shall hereafter not come before our justiciaries of the forest by ordinary summons, unless they he impleaded or lie securities for some person or persons who are attached on


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