The English Forest Law in Practice 1184-1327
Forbes, Sarah Pitsligo
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The royal forests have been both ignored and maligned by modern historians. Yet they are important to the social and constitutional history of England. Forests encompassed not only woodland and wasteland but villages and manors as well. At its height under Henry II the royal forest law held Sway over nearly a third of England and until the reign of Edward III played an immediate part in the lives of the forest inhabitants. The forest laws were the outcome of the king's mere will and pleasure. The constitutional history of England is the story of the gradual limitation of royal prerogative, and the struggle for disafforestment is an illustration of that process.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.