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The Medieval English Borough Studies on Its Origins and Constitutional History

By Tait, James

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Title: The Medieval English Borough Studies on Its Origins and Constitutional History  
Author: Tait, James
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Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: Archive for the History of Economic Thought

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Preface: its sub-title indicates, this book makes no claim to be the long overdue history of the English borough in the Middle Ages. Just over a hundred years ago Mr. Serjeant Merewether and Mr. Stephens had The History of the Boroughs Municipal Corporations of the United Kingdom, in three volumes, ready to celebrate the sweeping away of the medieval system by the Municipal Corporation Act of 1835. It was hardly to be expected, however, that this feat of bookmaking, good as it was for its time, would prove definitive. It may seem more surprising that the centenary of that great change finds the gap still unfilled. For half a century Merewether and Stephens' work, sharing, as it did, the current exaggeration of early democracy in England, stood in the way. Such revision as was attempted followed a false trail and it was not until, in the last decade or so of the century, the researches of Gross, Maitland, Mary Bateson and others threw a flood of new light upon early urban development in this country, that a fair prospect of a more adequate history of the English borough came in sight. Unfortunately, these hopes were indefinitely deferred by the early death of nearly all the leaders in these investigations. Quite recently an American scholar, Dr. Carl Stephenson, has boldly attempted the most difficult part of the task, but his conclusions, in important respects, are highly controversial.

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CONTENTS PACE PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . v BIBLIOGRAPHY. . . . . . . . . xiii THE ANGLO-SAXON PERIOD CHAP. I. THEO RIGINSO F THE BOROUGH . . . . 1-29 I. Introductory . . . . I . . . . 2. Before the Danish Invasions 5 3. The New Burhs fortified in the Danish Wars . I5 4. After Fortification . . . . . . 25 11. BOROUGHAN D COURT . . . . . . 30-67 I. The pre-Domesday Evidence . . . . 30 . . . . . 2. The Domesday Evidence 43 Note on the small Borough of Seasalter in Kent 67 IV. THE BURGESSEASN D THEIR TENURE . 78-112 I. Social Status of the Anglo-Saxon Burgesses . . 79 2. The Customs of Burgesses . . . . 86 3. Tenure by Custom and Burgage Tenure . . 96 4. Burgage Tenure in Northern France in the eleventh century . . . . 108 V. THE BOROUGHC OMMUNITBYEF ORE 1066 . . . 113-129 I. The Burgesses as Agricultural Comn~unity 114 2. The Burgesses as Trading Community . . . 1x7 3 The Burgesses as Revenue-rendering and Administratlve Community . . . . . 123 VI. SUMMARAYN D GENERALC ONCLUSIOTNO 1066 . . 130-138

 

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