Court of chivalry


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a court formerly held before the lord high constable and earl marshal of England as judges, having cognizance of contracts and other matters relating to deeds of arms and war.
- Blackstone.

See also: Chivalry

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The obvious answer is given by the 1955 judgment of the Court of Chivalry in Manchester" Corp.
If it seems remarkable that the original plain meaning of the 1789 words of the American Constitution should be discovered only in an English case decided in 1955, it should be noted that the earlier decisions of the Court of Chivalry (the most recent before Manchester was decided in 1737) were not reported, but that its jurisdiction was recognized by Coke and Blackstone and other authorities familiar to the framers.
However, the next day he went straight to the Court of Chivalry around the corner in Whitehall, and secured the right to bring a prosecution against Welch.
Over the past three years Dr Richard Cust and Dr Andrew Hopper of Birmingham University have been working on a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to make available on a website the proceedings of the Court of Chivalry during its heyday.
He augments evidence, teased from official sources, with the interesting file of documents compiled during the course of the Scrope-Grosvenor controversy waged in the Court of Chivalry in 1386; last wills and testaments; memoirs; and biographies of peers, bishops, and famous authors (when available).
Such disputes led to a fully-fledged Court of Chivalry by the mid-fourteenth century, when the outbreak of the Hundred Years' War gave `a new prominence to legal problems arising out of a state of war' (one might also have added here the imperative of bureaucratic advances).