By John A. Alford
Students have lengthy believed that William Langland had a technical wisdom of the legislations. Piers Plowman: A thesaurus of felony Diction is the 1st try to make sure that trust via a complete research of the poet's language. The word list examines greater than six hundred phrases and words (from all 3 types of the poem) that had criminal value in 14th-century England. Entries contain not just such really expert phrases as escheat, mainprise, and supersedeas, but additionally phrases like problem, make sure, farm, occupy, and cause, whose felony value has been obscured via centuries of normal utilization. every one access involves a definition, a number of examples in Piers Plowman, and assisting citations from felony assets. An introductory essay locations the poet's use of felony terminology in the greater framework of his ethical objective.
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According to Denholm-Yeung, 'When a man went out of office he received, if he was quit, a discharge stating that he had paid all his debts, or containing an agreement by which he would pay them in installments' (151). For a typical record of account, including arrearages, see Hall 2: 102--03. One who remained in arrears after his account had been heard by an AUDITOR might be thrown into prison. See Writs 212: 'Whereas it has been established by the common counsel of our realm [Statute of Westminster II, c.
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