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The Foundations of Gentry LifeThe Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370$
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Peter Coss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001

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Lawyers and Literacy

Lawyers and Literacy

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(p.209) 11 Lawyers and Literacy
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The Foundations of Gentry Life
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.003.0011

The cartulary and the new legal devices were two manifestations of an increasingly litigious society. Another was the prominence of lawyers, which is examined in this chapter. It shows that with the high and growing demand for practising lawyers and for men knowledgeable in the law during the later 13th and early 14th centuries, finding the means to give a potential lawyer the requisite schooling was an obvious form of investment for a family with sufficient funds to make this a realistic possibility. It might also result from pressure on income; for example where there were multiple sons to sustain.

Keywords:   English gentry, lawyers, pleaders, serjeants

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