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Confirmation of the Charters (1297)

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I Confirmation of the Charters.Publication thereof.E+W

EDWARD, by the Grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, and Duke of Guyan, To All those that these present Letters shall hear or see, Greeting. Know Ye that We, to the honour of God, and of Holy Church, and to the Profit of our Realm, have granted for us and our Heirs, that the Charter of Liberties, . . . F1 which were made by Common Assent of all the Realm, in the time of King Henry our Father, shall be kept in every point without breach. And We will that . . . F2 our Justices, Sheriffs, Mayors, and other Ministers, which under Us (X1) have the Laws of our Land to guide, [X2shall allow the said Charters pleaded before them in Judgment in all their points;] that is to wit, the Great Charter as the Common Law, . . . F1

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X1Variant reading of the text noted in The Statutes of the Realm as follows: and by us

X2Variant reading of the text noted in The Statutes of the Realm as follows: that they allow the same Charters in all their points, in Pleas before them, and in Judgements

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VI No Aids or Prises shall be taken but by Consent of the Realm.E+W

MOREOVER we have granted for Us and our Heirs as well to Archbishops, Bishops, Abbots, Priors, and other Folk of Holy Church, as also to Earls, Barons, and to all the Communalty of the Land, that for no business from henceforth we shall take (X3) such manner of Aids, Tasks, nor Prises, but by the common assent of the Realm, and for the common profit thereof, saving the ancient Aids and Prises due and accustomed.

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X3Variant reading of the text noted in The Statutes of the Realm as follows: of our realm

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In Witness of which things we have caused these our Letters to be made Patents. Witness Edward our Son at London the tenth Day of October, the Five and twentieth Year of our Reign.

X4And Be it Remembered this same Charter, in the same Terms, word for word, was sealed in Flanders under the King’s Great Seal, that is to say, at Ghent the fifth day of November in the twenty-fifth year of the Reign of our aforesaid Lord the King, and sent into England.

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X4See the Charters of Liberties, preceding the Statutes in [volume 1 of Statutes of the Realm,] page 37.

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