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TAYLOR, Silas.
The History of Gavel-kind, With the Etymology thereof; Containing also An Assertion that our English Laws are for the most part Those that were used by the Antient Brytains, notwwithstanding the several Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans;

With some Observations and Remarks upon many especial Occurrences of British and English History. To which is added a short History of William the Conquerour, written in Latin by an Anonymous Author, in the time of Henry the First.

pp.(xxvi), 211, (ii) Advertisements. Page 211 is a folding Genealogical Table and is not counted in the Register, though numbered in the pagination. Contemporary calf now snagged and worn, joints weak, a few early and a couple of later leaves with margins browned, a few worm holes in the extreme upper corner of the text block not affecting the text.

*SCARCE - ESTC R30161 - Gavelkind was a system of land tenure associated chiefly with the county of Kent, but also found in Ireland and Wales and some other parts of England. Its inheritance pattern is a system of partible inheritance, which bears resemblance to Salic patrimony: as such, it might testify in favour of a wider, probably ancient Germanic tradition. Under this law, land was divided equally among sons or other heirs. Over the centuries, various acts were passed to degavel individual manors but, in England and Wales, it was the Administration of Estates Act 1925 that finally abolished the custom.

Printed for John Starkey, and to be sold at his Shop at the Mitre in Fleet-street, between the Middle-gate and Temple-Barr. London.

Date Published: 1663. 4to.

Stock No. 61174

Price: 200.00