a system of dividing a community into tithings or groups of ten men, each member of which was responsible for the conduct of the other members of his group and for the assurance that a member charged with a breach of the law would be produced at court.
a member of a tithing.
the tithing itself.
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How to use frankpledge in a sentence
Headborough, Borsholder, and Chief-frankpledge are three words which describe the same functionary.A History of Police in England | W. L. Melville Lee
It is not unlikely that the whole system of frankpledge grows out of this requirement.Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
The servants of the Crown were not, as now, bound in frankpledge for each other.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The sheriff held his turn twice a year and viewed frankpledge once a year.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed. | S. A. Reilly
A similar conclusion has been reached as to Canute's responsibility for the institution known as frankpledge.Canute the Great | Laurence Marcellus Larson
British Dictionary definitions for frankpledge
the corporate responsibility of members of a tithing for the good behaviour of each other
a member of a tithing
a tithing itself
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