Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English law, charter land, held by deed under certain rents and free services; free socage land. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.
- n. Anglo-Saxon In Anglo-Saxon society, land held by charter or written title, free from all fief, fee, service, and/or fines. Such was formerly held chiefly by the nobility, and denominated freeholders.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (O. Eng. Law) Charter land held by deed under certain rents and free services, which differed in nothing from free socage lands. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.
- From Old English bōcland, equivalent to book + land. (Wiktionary)
“In time, the king and the Witenagemot granted charters in other cases, and the new 'bookland' to a great extent superseded the old 'folkland,' accompanied by a grant of the right of holding special courts.”
“There's no doubt a lot of back-slapping going on the Washington Post newsroom this afternoon (and, as someone who grew up on the Post, it's always a pleasure to read a headline like this in the New York Times: "Washington Post Wins 6 Pulitzer Prizes"), but in bookland, here are the winners of the 2008 Pulitzers (two finalists in each category are announced at the same time as the winners):”
“Their National Independent Bookseller Month celebration is a chance for your favorite little corner of bookland to be honored.”
“Thus a privileged land-tenure was created -- bookland; the rules as to the succession of kinsmen were set at nought by concession of testamentary power and confirmations of grants and wills; special exemptions from the jurisdiction of the hundreds and special privileges as to levying fines were conferred.”
“Justus he hallowed as bishop in Kent itself at Rochester, which is four-and-twenty miles right west from Canterbury, in which city likewise King Ethelbert ordered to build a church, and to hallow it to St. Andrew the apostle; and to each of these bishops the King gave his gifts and bookland and possessions for them to brook with their fellows.”
“Afterwards the clergy introduced a system by which the owner could grant the 'bookland,' held by book or charter, setting at nought the claim of his kinsmen, and in order to give validity to the arrangement, obtained the consent of the king and his Witenagemot (see p. 45).”
“They alone preserve the phantasmagoria of bookland and dreamland.”
“Out of this, by the common consent, portions might be cut off and booked -- granted by a written document -- to particular men as their own bookland.”
“Don't fret, my dear, I shall be quite happy in this glorious bookland.”
“Robert Louis Stevenson did, indeed, rank it among his "dear acquaintances" in bookland, "the _Pilgrim's Progress_ in the first rank,”
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