Mortmain belonged to the old school—frankpledge steered by the new lights.
frankpledge was revived, now applying to the unfree and villeins.
The servants of the Crown were not, as now, bound in frankpledge for each other.
However, the principle of the frankpledge was still enforced.
Mr. frankpledge quoted so many cases, and went to the bottom of everything, and gave so much for his money—and was so civil!
Mr. Gammon swore by frankpledge, who had been at school with him, and was a "rising man."
This court was held twice a year, but in 1217 it was ordered that the view of frankpledge should only be taken once—at Michaelmas.
I can't imagine how either of them could have missed it; and, as frankpledge dines with me to-day, we shall talk it all over.
When a non-freeholder stayed in London he had to find for frankpledge, three sureties for good behavior.
But the history of the frankpledge proper begins not earlier than the time of the Norman Conquest.