Forest, Charter of the

Charta de foresta, 1217. Until this charter the penalties imposed by the crown for infringement of forest law were severe and horrible: mutilation and/or death. In the 1217 charter these penalties were repealed. However, 10 years later, Henry III reimposed them; by 1250 large parts of the country, esp. around London, were being treated as if *forest. It was said the forest had its own laws based not on the common law of the realm but on arbitrary legislation by the king. -

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