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Re: Ceremonies of property transfer

Poster: PETERSR@spiegel.becltd.com (Peters, Rise J.)

I'm trying to get access to a copy of Littleton's (thanks for the cite) but 
would love a quick and dirty summary, as well as any insights into how a 
modern City Mayor (of a city constitutionally chartered by the State of 
Missouri) could best adapt the medieval ceremony into one to be used in 
granting land from the City to a university.  They have banners, they have 
the mayor (who, as an elected representative in a democracy, represents the 
sovereign), and they want to do something really spiff.
From: atlantia
To: PETERSR; atlantia
Subject: Re: Ceremonies of property transfer
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 1996 10:28AM

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Poster: clevin@rci.ripco.com (Craig Levin)

> Poster: PETERSR@spiegel.becltd.com (Peters, Rise J.)
> I'm looking for information regarding the medieval ceremony for transfer 
> property rights (I believe this was "transfer of seisen," and that the
> estate was "fee simple," but I'm not sure) that involved handing over a
> clump of dirt.  (It's amazing what your mundane friends ask you about once 

> they know what you do for fun.)  In particular, I'd like to know not only
> the nature of the estate involved, but also:  (1) the ceremonial details:
>  who had to be present, who could be represented by proxies; (2) was there
> writing involved and if so what did it look like; and (3) was there a
> specific spoken form and if so what wording was required?  Plus, anything
> else one would want to know in order to replicate a ceremonial, effective
> medieva

I recommend that you go to a library and find Littleton's
Tenures, which were written in the 1400's. Littleton's is the
one of the first books describing English land law in detail,
and, even more fortunately, it was the first to do so in English,
as opposed to Law French or Latin.Look at his chapter on fealty,
not the chapter on homage. If you don't have access to a law
library, email me, and I'll send you the gory details, or post
them to the Merry Rose, if anyone else would like to hear them.

Pedro de Alcazar, AoA
Barony of Storvik, Atlantia
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Or, six castles Vert within a bordure Gules semy of roundels Or
Craig Levin
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