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frankpledge


frankpledge


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Frankpledge  \Frank"pledge`\,  n.  [Frank  free  +  pledge.]  (O.  Eng. 
  Law) 
  a  A  pledge  or  surety  for  the  good  behavior  of  freemen,  -- 
  each  freeman  who  was  a  member  of  an  ancient  decennary, 
  tithing,  or  friborg,  in  England,  being  a  pledge  for  the 
  good  conduct  of  the  others  for  the  preservation  of  the 
  public  peace;  a  free  surety. 
  b  The  tithing  itself  --Bouvier. 
 
  The  servants  of  the  crown  were  not  as  now  bound 
  in  frankpledge  for  each  other  --Macaulay.