Infangen-theof


Infangen-theof
The right of a lord to pursue and hang a thief caught in possession of stolen goods, i.e. red handed. Before the Norman Conquest, OldEngl. kings did not permit the growth of private justice. [< OldEngl. infangen = caught + deof = thief] -

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  • Mainour — Something found in the hands of a thief when caught. [< AnNor. main = hand + AnNor. our < oeuvre = work, thing] Cf. Infangen theof …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases


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