Charter of franchise

A *charter documenting the grant of liberty by a lord to a serf; it also applied to freedoms granted to the inhabitants of a town or borough. The issue of such a charter freed the town from servitude or obligation to its feudal lord, either the king or a local magnate. Such charters cost a great deal of money but were considered well worth it. For instance, a town would gather its own specified taxes, rather than have them collected or *farmed by an outside official.

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  • Charter of Franchise — Documents granting liberty to a serf by his lord. The term also applies to the freedom granted to the inhabitants of a town or borough. The issue of a Charter of Franchise freed the town from servitude to feudal lords …   Medieval glossary

  • Charter of franchise — Documents granting liberty to a serf by his lord. The term also applies to the freedom granted to the inhabitants of a town or borough. The issue of a Charter of Franchise frees the town from servitude to feudal lords …   Medieval glossary

  • franchise — A special privilege to do certain things conferred by government on individual or corporation, and which does not belong to citizens generally of common right; e.g., right granted to offer cable television service. Artesian Water Co. v. State,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Charter — A document recording grants of land; also rights or privileges given e.g. by the monarch to a person, town, or borough; the document noting permission for the establishment of a town or a market in a town. A charter also recorded the grant of… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Franchise — ♦ A privilege or exceptional right (typically, rights of jurisdiction) granted by the sovereign power to a person or body or persons (such as a monastery). (Warren, W.L. Henry II, 634) Related terms: Burgess, Charter of Franchise, Liberty …   Medieval glossary

  • charter — char·ter 1 n [Old French chartre letter, formal document, from Late Latin chartula, from Latin, diminutive of charta sheet of papyrus] 1 a: a grant or guarantee of rights, powers, or privileges from an authority or agency of a state or country a… …   Law dictionary

  • franchise — fran·chise / fran ˌchīz/ n [Anglo French, literally, freedom, liberty, from Middle French, from franchir to free, from Old French franc free] 1: a special right or privilege granted by the government to an individual, group, or business entity:… …   Law dictionary

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  • charter — [chärt′ər] n. [ME chartre < OFr < L chartula, dim. of charta: see CARD1] 1. a franchise or written grant of specified rights made by a government or ruler to a person, corporation, etc. 2. a) a document setting forth the aims and principles …   English World dictionary

  • charter — [n] treaty, agreement allotment, bond, code, concession, constitution, contract, conveyance, deed, document, endowment, franchise, grant, indenture, license, pact, patent, permit, prerogative, privilege, right, settlement; concepts 684,685… …   New thesaurus

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