18 September 2013

Carta de Foresta

Someone has posted the complete Charter of the Forest by King Henry III. It starts out like this:

In the first place, all the forests which king Henry our grandfather made forest shall be viewed by good and law-worthy men, and if he made forest any wood that was not his demesne to the injury of him whose wood it was, it shall be disafforested. And if he made his own wood forest, it shall remain forest, saving common of pasture and other things in that forest to those who were accustomed to have them previously.
Hard to imagine that it only took another 700 years to get to Winne the Pooh. The document was sister document to the more famous Magna Carta.

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