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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. I). 1215.] MAGNA CIIAKTA. shall be held fifteen days before St. John the Baptist's day, for the foddering of our eattle, and at that swainmote the foresters, verdnrers, and eolleetors shall assemble, and no others, by writ of distringas. And moreover every forty days throughout the year the verdurers and foresters shall assemble to inspect the attachments of the forest, as well with regard to the turf as the venison on the presentation of those, foresters, and they shall be attached in tlieir presence. Mut these said swainmotes shall only be held in the counties where they used to be held. Every free man shall collect the tax to repair 111; bounds of his own wood in the forest at will, and shall receive his own pannage. We also grant permission to every free man to bring his pigs through the wood of our domain, free and without hindrance, and to enclose them in his own woods or elsewhere at his pleasure, and if any freeman's pigs wander in our i'orest for one night, it shall not be made a pretext for him to be deprived of any of his property. No one shall be deprived of life or limb for hunting in our forest; but if any one shall be taken and convicted of stealing venison, he shall paya heavy ransom, if he. has the means to do so, and if he has not the means he shall be imprisoned for a year and a day. And if, at the expiration of a year ami a day, he can finti sureties he shall be released from prison ; but if not, he shall abjure our kingdom of England. If any archbishop, bishop, ear), or baron, in coining to us by our orders, passes through our forest, he may take one or two beasts in sight of the forester, if the latter be present, and if not, let him sound a horn that he may not appear to be taking them by stealth ; he may also act in the same way on his return. Every free man may henceforth, without hindrance, in his own wood or on the land which he holds in the forest, build a mill, make a warren, lake, marl-pit, or ditch, or may lay out arable ground beyond what is enclosed in arable lam), so that it may not be to the injury of any neighbour of his. Kvery free man may in his own woods have aviaries of sparrow-hawks, falcons, eagles, and herons, and in the same, way may have the honey found in his own woods. No forester, who is not a forester paying fee-farm to us for his bailiwick, shall henceforth take any road-tax in bis bailiwick ; but a forester who pays fee-farm to us for his bailiwick shall take road-tax ; namely, for every cart two-pence during a

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