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1724 Excerpt: ...Trade and Commerce; and of Knights-Errant, who
went up and down in defence of the Innocent, and to succour
Distress'd Damsels. But methinks, the Authors of these Romances,
were not guilty of any Novel Inventions i since they only copied
the real Characters of those Times, embellishing them with Giants,
Conjurers and Fairies.' But But notwithstanding this Confusion,
there still rermin'd some Forms of Justice; for all Disputes were
not determine by Force. The Nobles and Roturzers, or Plebeians,
were under distinct Jurisdictions. I use those Appellations, tho'
of later Date, because the Degrees were then known, tho' not the
Names: And I place the Peasants, Artisans, and the rest of the
Freemen and Vassals, which compose the Body of the Common-People,
under the Denomination of Roturiers. These were judged by the
Nobles, that is, the Knights, and other Men of Power, who began
about this time to erect themselves into Lords, and usurp'd the
Publick Authority of which, they had before, at most, but the
executive Part: For as long as the Royal Power was in its full
Meridian, particularly in the Line of Charlemagne, there was no
other Lord but the King; nor any Justice administred but in his
Name, or of those put in Authority under him. But in the
troublesome Times, every Man took upon him the Prerogative of
judging, as well as of making War, and raising Taxes upon the
People. The Foundation of this Incroachment, was, in all
likelihood, owing to the Domeslick Power over Vassals: For France E
x was was flill full of that fort of Vassals, who were accounted
Parcel of the Lord's Estate and Inheritance; and it was no hard
Matter, in respect of them, to change their Private into Publick
Authority. I am of Opinion, that many Freemen were confounded with
these Vassals; eit...
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