from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient court of record in England, once incident to every fair and market, of which the steward of the owner or holder of the toll was the judge.
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There were traders among them, but commerce was only a small part of what they achieved and it was not what they shared: piepowder people were united by the purposeful travelling life.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I argue that piepowder people were the most dynamic social class in later medieval England.
The name “piepowder” is said to be a corruption of two French words meaning “dusty foot.”
There were many types of merchant courts, including the colorful courts of piepowder, a court of the fairs where merchants gathered.
It was given the usual powers of a borough -- a mayor's court, markets, fairs, and a court of piepowder.
Jurors, magistrates, witnesses, attorneys of the circuit, and all the throng of a country side interested in this piepowder justice, were rapidly converging to the centre of business.
On paper, the proprietors established a whole battery of courts after English models: hundred courts and manorial courts, courts of hustings and piepowder in St. Mary’s and Annapolis, county courts, courts of oyer and terminer, a chancery court, a court of vice-admiralty, and a prerogative court, among others.
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