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Land, Law, and Lordship in Anglo-Norman England$
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John Hudson

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206880.001.0001

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The Securing of Grants

The Securing of Grants

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(p.157) 5 The Securing of Grants
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Land, Law, and Lordship in Anglo-Norman England
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John Hudson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206880.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the participation in alienation, upon consent and confirmation by heirs — succeeding, expectant, or potential — lords, and ecclesiastical. First, it briefly examines some other, often related, modes of assuring the security of grants. In addition, it concentrates on their importance with regard to land-holding. It emphasizes that the modes of assurance were concerned not only with legal control of land or with economic transactions, but also with social and spiritual relations. Giving and receiving might establish, define, and reinforce relationships between all the parties involved in the grant: grantor, grantee, kin present, past, and future, and — in the case of gifts to the Church — God and saints. Overall this chapter looks at witnessing, ceremonies, countergifts, and penalties for infringement of the grant.

Keywords:   alienation, consent, confirmation, heir, lords, land-holding, legal control, economic transactions, gift, ceremonies, countergifts, penalties

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