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Chapters on Right of Possession, in 'On Statutes and Laws in England' by John de Breton

Chapters on Right of Possession, in 'On Statutes and Laws in England' by John de Breton

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3644

Item number: f.2r

Length: 24.5

Width: 14.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

At the order of Edward I, John de Breton, Bishop of Hereford (1268-1275), compiled tracts of English law in French. One of the greatest medieval English lawyers, John de Breton produced the work about 1275, just before his death. His legal compilation was part of the programmes of the king, one of whose most important accomplishments was his legal reform. John de Breton's book is written in French, the language of the Plantagenet king and the nobility. An inscription on the manuscript's last page records that it belonged to the monastery of St Augustine, Canterbury, and was later given by Thomas Moyle of Grey's Inn, London, to John Ramsay. This page of the table of contents gives, according to the rubric (red title), chapters on right of possession.

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