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Accusation, Compurgation, Punishment in the Customary Law of Medieval England

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The article is devoted to the problems of legal history of Medieval England. Specificity of accusation, compurgation and punishment in customary law and everyday life of English Medieval boroughs is researched. Specific feature of the text is not its purely juridical, but historical character. The article reveals the customary law of medieval English boroughs as a phenomenon based on its Anglo-Saxon, Danish and Norman roots. The custom itself is interpreted as a core of precedent, lying in the basis of the common English law system.

Keywords: Medieval England, custom, customary law, boroughs, accusation, compurgation, punishment, everyday life.

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