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Aspects of British Law and Politics

Regency Bicentennial:   Trial By Combat Abolished

There is no mistake in the title of this article. Trial by combat was quite legal in Britain, until the last full year of the Regency. Essentially, trial by combat was a type of duel which was sanctioned by the … Continue reading

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On Jactitation of Marriage

As it happens, jactitation is both a legal and a medical term. In this article, only the legal meaning of the term will be addressed. In particular, its legal meaning with regard to marriage will be the focus here. This … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Disafforestation of Exmoor Forest

Two hundred years ago, this coming Monday, the disafforestation of the Royal Forest of Exmoor culminated in the sale of large tracts of Crown land to a private citizen. However, due to the ideosyncracies of English law, this did not … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Prince Regent Dissolves Parliament

This coming Sunday marks the two hundredth anniversary of the dissolution of the Fifth Imperial Parliament. This was only the second dissolution of Parliament during the Regency and it would be the last during the life of King George III. … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Reintroduction of the Gold Sovereign

This coming Wednesday marks the bicentennial of the reintroduction of the gold sovereign coin into the coinage of Great Britain. This was part of the government’s effort to update and stabilize the national currency after the Napoleonic Wars. The last … Continue reading

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The Tax on Salt During the Regency

Nearly all creatures need salt, and it has great value as a food preservative, which is why that essential commodity has been taxed since ancient times. And Regency Britain was no exception, in large part, courtesy of the need to … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Britain Acquires the Elgin Marbles

Two hundred years ago today, an order was issued, by the authority of the British Parliament, to procure a warrant from the Prince Regent for the payment of £35,000. This sum was to be paid to Lord Elgin, for the … Continue reading

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