If so, then there may have been a time when commendation and soke were all one.
The soke and ward of Aldgate was then bounded as I have before showed.
Already the Norman lords are assuming a soke which their antecessores did not enjoy.
One contrasts the soke of the manor with the inland and with the berewicks.
It seems possible that a further hint as to the history of soke is given us by certain entries relating to the boroughs.
In the "Liberty of the soke" the bishop of the diocese had his court, presided over by the bailiff as his deputy.
In the Wallingford of the Confessors day there were many persons who had sake and soke within their houses.
Of these six free men St Benet had the soke, and of one of them the commendation.
They could give and sell their land, but the soke and the commendation and the service would remain to the Saint.
Such is the best explanation that we can give of the men who sell their soke with their land.
"right of jurisdiction," Old English socn "jurisdiction, prosecution," literally "seeking," from Proto-Germanic *sokniz, from PIE *sag-ni-, from root *sag- "to seek out" (see seek). Related: Sokeman; sokemanry.