Vert and venison

The greenery and deer of the king's forest. Special courts were established to protect the greenery on which the deer fed, thus, for example, excluding pigs even in the autumn from feeding on beech mast. From the time of the Norman kings, forests in England were fiercely protected to ensure the king's hunting was unimpaired, and the forests stocked with plenty of venison on the hoof. -

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  • Vert — Vert, n. [F., green, from L. viridis. See {Verdant}, and cf. {Verd}.] 1. (Eng. Forest Law) (a) Everything that grows, and bears a green leaf, within the forest; as, to preserve vert and venison is the duty of the verderer. (b) The right or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vert — 1. noun /vɜːt,vɚt/ a) A green colour, now only in heraldry; represented in engraving by diagonal parallel lines 45 degrees counter clockwise. , 1819: “I understand thee,” said the King, “and the Holy Clerk shall have a grant of vert and venison… …   Wiktionary

  • King's vert — All the greenery within a forest which provided food for deer, i.e. all trees and shrubs such as hawthorn, holly, blackthorn. Cf. Vert and venison …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • de viridi et venatione — Of vert and venison. The court of attachments, a forest court, was held before the verderers of the forest once in every forty days to inquire into all offenses against vert (the greensward where the deer fed) and venison (the killing of deer).… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Verderer — Verderers are officials in Britain who deal with Common land in certain former royal hunting areas which are the property of The Crown.[1] Contents 1 Origins 2 New Forest Verderers 3 …   Wikipedia

  • verderer — or verderor /vardarar/ An officer of the king s forest, who is sworn to maintain and keep the assizes of the forest, and to view, receive, and enroll the attachments and presentments of all manner of trespasses of vert and venison in the forest …   Black's law dictionary

  • verderor — or verderer /vardarar/ An officer of the king s forest, who is sworn to maintain and keep the assizes of the forest, and to view, receive, and enroll the attachments and presentments of all manner of trespasses of vert and venison in the forest …   Black's law dictionary

  • sweinmote — /sweynmowt/ In forest law, a court holden before the verderors, as judges, by the Stewart of the Sweinmote, thrice in every year, the sweins or freeholders within the forest composing the jury. Its principal jurisdiction was First, to inquire… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Verderer — Ver der*er, Verderor Ver der*or, n. [F. verdier, LL. viridarius, fr. L. viridis green.] (Eng. Forest Law) An officer who has the charge of the king s forest, to preserve the vert and venison, keep the assizes, view, receive, and enroll… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Verderor — Verderer Ver der*er, Verderor Ver der*or, n. [F. verdier, LL. viridarius, fr. L. viridis green.] (Eng. Forest Law) An officer who has the charge of the king s forest, to preserve the vert and venison, keep the assizes, view, receive, and enroll… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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