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Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert, and Hannah Skoda

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813415.001.0001

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Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900–1100

Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900–1100

(p.115) 5 Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900–1100*

Tom Lambert

Oxford University Press

Lordship over land throughout the medieval period involved a bundle of rights that characteristically encompassed both the economic (e.g. rights to rents and other recurring dues from the resident peasantry) and the legal (e.g. rights relating to the punishment of wrongdoing). Changes in the content of this bundle are the subject of a long tradition of historical scholarship, which has helped shape influential narratives of the rise and fall of feudalism. This chapter offers a new account of the origins in England of what this literature knows as ‘jurisdictional’ rights: rights not just to receive legal revenues but to perform legal functions. The decades around the millennium witnessed economic, legal and administrative changes that made legal revenues a focus of competition, and a powerful way of asserting ownership of such revenues was to perform associated legal functions.

Keywords:   Jurisdictional Rights, Medieval England, Legal Revenues, Lordship, Feudalism, State

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