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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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Henry II's Legal Reforms and the Development of Land Law, 1066–1189

Henry II's Legal Reforms and the Development of Land Law, 1066–1189

(p.253) 9 Henry II's Legal Reforms and the Development of Land Law, 1066–1189
Land, Law, and Lordship in Anglo-Norman England

John Hudson

Oxford University Press

The primary attention of this chapter is the royal administration of justice. It seeks to provide an interpretative account on the reforms of Henry II and their effect on land-holding and law. This chapter attempts to reconcile the evidence that the Anglo-Norman world was not one of autonomous lordships but of considerable royal involvement, and that the social effects of customs in Anglo-Norman England did not differ greatly from those of Common Law rules, with the continuing impression that Henry II's and subsequent reforms really did make a difference. After briefly sketching a chronology of the reforms, the chapter deals with the judicial aspects of his reforms, and then with their effect on land-holding. At the end of the chapter, it provides a reemphasis of the importance of developments before 1135, and the limits to the changes resulting from the reforms.

Keywords:   law, reforms, justice, administration, chronology, land-holding, Anglo-Norman, Common Law

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