Illustrations of the History of Great Britain: An Historical Viel of the Manners and Customs, Dresses, Literature, Arts, Commerce, and Government of Great Britain; from the Time of the Saxons, Down to the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2

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Constable & Company, 1828 - Great Britain

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Page 31 - No freeman,' ran the memorable article that lies at the base of our whole judicial system, 'shall be seized or imprisoned, or dispossessed, or outlawed, or in any way brought to ruin; we will not go against any man nor send against him, save by legal judgment of his peers or by the law of the land...
Page 63 - After this, one of the members is directed to carry it to the lords, and desire their concurrence; who, attended by several more, carries it to the bar of the house of peers, and there delivers it to their speaker, who comes down from his woolsack to receive it. It there passes through the same forms as in the other...
Page 60 - That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted; 11. That jurors ought to be duly impanelled and returned, and jurors which pass upon men in trials for high treason ought to be freeholders; 12. That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void; 13.
Page 31 - ... bridges so as to oppress the neighbourhood. With respect to private rights: it established the testamentary power of the subject over part of his personal estate, the rest being distributed among his wife and children; it laid down the law of dower, as it hath continued ever since; and prohibited the appeals of women, unless for the death of their husbands.
Page 62 - ... and at the end of each parliament the judges drew them into the form of a statute, which was entered on the statute rolls. In the reign of Henry V. to prevent mistakes and abuses, the statutes were drawn up by the judges before the end of the parliament ; and, in the reign of Henry VI. bills In the form of acts, according to the modern custom, were first introduced.
Page 248 - Will you sell your things here as you bought them there?" " I will not, because what would my labour benefit me? I will sell them here dearer than I bought them there, that I may get some profit, to feed me, my wife, and children."40 That public markets were established in various parts of England in this period, we learn from many documents.
Page 197 - I am upon this subject," says Sir John Hawkins*, " I will tell the reader a secret, which is, that music was in its greatest perfection from about the middle of the sixteenth to the beginning of the seventeenth century; when, with a variety of treble instruments, a vicious taste was introduced, and vocal harmony received its mortal wound.
Page 65 - Dieu vous donner en sante bone vie et longue ; the prelates, lords, and commons, in this present parliament assembled, in the name of all your other subjects, most humbly thank your majesty, and pray to God to grant you in health and wealth long to live.
Page 103 - Eginhard (the secretary of Charlemagne), describes as sent to his royal master by Abdalla, King of Persia. " A horologe of brass, wonderfully constructed, for the course of the twelve hours, answered to the hourglass, with as many little brazen balls, which drop down on a sort of bells underneath, and sounded each other.
Page 126 - Ewe bleateth after lamb. Loweth after calf, cow ; Bullock starteth, Buck verteth, Merry sing cuckoo ; Well sing'st thou cuckoo, Nor cease to sing now.

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