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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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A.D. 1215.] MAGNA CIIARTA. shall take from the lanci of the said heir only reasonable outgoings, reasonable customs, and reasonable service, and these without destruction of, or damage to, person or property. And if we cutru.-t the guardianship of such land to any one. either a sheriff or any other, who ought to answer to us for the outgoings of that land, and he in bis guardianship causes destruction or waste to it, we will take compensation from him, and the land shall be entrusted to two liege and prudent men of that tee, who shall in the anie way answer to us as above-mentioned, lint the guardian, as long as he holds charge of the land, shall, from the produce thereof, support all houses, parks, warrens, lakes, mills, and other appurtenances of that land ; and shall, when the heir comes of age, restore the land to him furnished with ploughs and all other things, at least as widl as he received it. All these rules shall be observed in the guardianships of archbishoprics, bishopries, abbacies, priories, churches and vacant dignities, which belong to us. except that the wardships of these ought not to be sold. Heirs may marry without disparagement. Λ widow, after the death of her husband, may immediately, and without any difficulty, take possession of her marriage portion, and her inheritance, and .shall not give anything for her dowry, marriage portion, or the inheritance which she and her husband possessed on the day of that husband's decease ; and she may remain in the principal bouse of her husband for forty days after the death of her said husband, during which time her dowry shall be allotted to her, unless it has been previously allotted to her, or unless that house be a castle: mid if she goes away from a castle, a fitting house shall be provided for her, in which she can stay in a becoming manner till her dowry is allotted to her, according to what has been stated above, and she shall have a reasonable allowance for herself out of the common property; and there shall be allotted to her for her dowry a third portion of all her husband's land, which was his in his life-time, unless she received less as a dowry at the door of the church. No widow shall be bound to marry when she wishes to live without a husband ; but if she holds property of us she shall give security that she will not marrv without our consent. And we and our bailill's will not seize any land or property lor any debt as long as the chattels of the debtor, then in his

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