The Magna Carta Project

Original Latin


Omnes malae consuetudines de forestis et warennis, et de forestariis et warennariis, vicecomitibus, et eorum ministris, ripariis et earum custodibus, statim inquirantur in quolibet comitatu per duodecim milites juratos de eodem comitatu, qui debent eligi per probos homines ejusdem comitatus, et infra quadraginta dies post inquisitionem factam, penitus, ita quod numquam revocentur, deleantur per eosdem, ita quod nos hoc sciamus prius, vel justiciarius noster, si in Anglia non fuerimus.


All the evil customs relating to forests and warrens, foresters and warreners, sheriffs and their officers, rivers and their keepers, are to be immediately investigated in each county by twelve sworn knights of the same county, who should be chosen by upright men of the same county, and within forty days of the investigation being made, they are to be completely abolished by them, never to be revived, as long as we, or our justiciar if we are not in England, know about it beforehand.

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Referenced in

New Letter of the Twenty-Five (Features of the Month)

New Letter of the Twenty-Five (Features of the Month)

King John’s Lost Language of Cranes (Features of the Month)

Clause 60 (The 1215 Magna Carta)

Conference at Oxford (The Itinerary of King John)

Magna Carta 1215
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