William Deller, ‘The transfer of land in medieval England from 1246 to 1430: the language of acquisition’

ABSTRACT
Records of proof-of-age hearings from 1246 to 1430 which mention land transfer are analysed by techniques aimed at overcoming the legal conventionality of the texts and the widespread plagiarism of the records of previous hearings. References are examined decade by decade, initially in terms of the numbers of testimonies mentioning land and, most importantly, in terms of their changing syntax, vocabulary and choice of detail. This approach gives clues to the state of the land market itself and to the mentalities of those involved. Particular attention is paid to the effects on the market of the economic and demographic shocks of the fourteenth century.

William S Deller, The transfer of land in medieval England from 1246 to 1430: the language of acquisition, Continuity and Change, volume 35, issue 2, August 2020, pp 139-162.

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