Seigniorial control of villagers' litigation beyond the manor in later medieval England


Briggs, Chris (2008) Seigniorial control of villagers' litigation beyond the manor in later medieval England. Historical Research, 81, (213), 399-422. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.2008.00463.x).

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Medieval villagers were assiduous users of legal structures in defence of private interests. To enforce contracts against and recover debts from residents of other villages, rural plaintiffs had to prosecute in courts situated beyond the boundaries of their 'home' manors. The ability to sue elsewhere than the local manor court was thus crucial to commercial development in the countryside. This article explores the obstacles to such litigation, challenging the claim that servile villeinage acted to restrict villagers' choice of court. It lays the foundation for a larger investigation into the importance of villagers as civil litigants in ecclesiastical and royal jurisdictions

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0950-3471 (print)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities
ePrint ID: 79778
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:02
Contact Email Address: C.D.Briggs@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79778

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