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JUST 1/695; an entry from
the 1241 Eyre Roll. This case shows the king's judge making sure the
king got his feudal rights. Someone who held land directly from the
king was a tenant "in chief". An unmarried woman who became
a tenant in chief (probably, in this case, when the father, Robert
Arsic, died), was "in the king's gift". That meant he could
tell her who to marry. If she got married without the king's permission,
as here, she lost her right to the land. In this case both sisters
have done this and the sheriff, the king's official, takes the land.
Land worth 7 pounds and 10 shillings(a year) was probably a small
No crime had been committed
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