Archive for April, 2012

A History Lesson on the Development of Cash Rents (2012-4-27)

In early English society, rent was paid by way of labor or other services.  Only gradually did rent became an item paid in money.  Consider this analysis by Oxford Prof. A. W. B. Simpson. “At the time of the Conquest [in 1066] large parts of the country were not cultivated, and those that were, were […]

A. W. B. Simpson on English Wills in the 12th and 13th Centuries (2012-4-22)

A study of the ancient English common law begins, for many points, with the law that developed after 1066.  The history of inheritances of land is certainly curious, as we inevitably find it tied to the duties owed in a feudal, agricultural society. Here is an excellent analysis from Oxford Prof. A. W. B. Simpson. […]