The Frankpledge System.
Morris, William Alfred. The Frankpledge System. Originally published: New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1910. xvi, 194 pp. Reprinted 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774136; ISBN-10: 1584774134. Smythe sewn cloth hardcover. New. $23.95 * A system that originated in Saxon England, frankpledge was a promise of good conduct given to a sovereign by a group of ten freeholders, or tithing. If a member of the tithing committed an offense, the others acted as bail to ensure that he would appear in court. If the offender fled, the other members would be penalized. First published in 1910, Morris' detailed history remains the standard work on this subject.
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