London: John Starkey, 1663. London, John Starkey, 1663, Hardcover
The History of Gavel-Kind: With the Etymology thereof; Containing also An Assertion that our English Laws are for the most part Those that were used by the Antient Brytains, notwwithstanding the several Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans; With some Observations and Remarks upon many especial Occurrences of British and English History. To which is added a short History of William the Conquerour, written in Latin by an Anonymous Author, in the time of Henry the First.
Published by Printed for John Starkey and to be sold at his Shop at the Mitre in Fleet-street between the Middle-gate and Temple-Barr. London 4to (1663)
Contemporary calf neatly re-backed into original boards, Printed for John Starkey and to be sold at his Shop at the Mitre in Fleet-street between the Middle-gate and Temple-Barr. London 4to, 1663. pp.(xxvi), 211, (ii) Advertisements. Page 211 is a folding Genealogical Table and is not counted in the Register, though numbered in the pagination. Gavelkind was a system of land tenure associated chiefly with the county of Kent, but also found in Ireland and Wales and some other parts of England. A system of partible inheritance, which bears resemblance to Salic patrimony: as such, it might testify in favor of a wider, probably ancient Germanic tradition. Under this law, land was divided equally among sons or other heirs. Over the centuries, various acts were passed to degavel individual manors but, in England and Wales, it was the Administration of Estates Act 1925 that finally abolished the custom. Item #272
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