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1. An Anglo-Saxon legal system in which units or tithings composed of ten households were formed, in each of which members were held responsible for one another's conduct.
2. A member of a unit in frankpledge.

[Middle English frankplegge, from Anglo-Norman frauncpledge : Old French franc, free, frank; see frank1 + Old French plege, pledge; see pledge.]


(in medieval England) n
1. (Historical Terms) the corporate responsibility of members of a tithing for the good behaviour of each other
2. (Historical Terms) a member of a tithing
3. (Historical Terms) a tithing itself
[C15: via Anglo-French from Old French franc free (see frank) + plege pledge]



n. Old Eng. Law.
1. a system of dividing a community into tithings, with each member being responsible for the conduct of others in the group.
2. a member of a tithing.
[1250–1300; Middle English fra(u)nkplegge < Anglo-French frauncplege. See frank1, pledge]
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Funeral service to take place at Christ Church, Frankpledge Road, Coventry, CV3 5GT on Friday 28th October 2016 at 10.
Given that the repatriates had lost their African cultural heritage, they were then to be used educate the colony's citizens in Western concepts of religion and governance such as the ancient system of frankpledge.
The jurisdiction of the manorial court and the court leet or view of frankpledge involved numerous offices and roles, some affecting all (male) inhabitants of the parish, but others regulatory and in practice focused on the urban centre.
The invading Normans adopted the basic Saxon community system, (65) enforcing it through a preemptive, compulsory bail called a frankpledge (66) that anticipated the arrest of individuals.
the Germanic and early Anglo-Saxon frankpledge system) and under public systems, such as in those found in later Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence and continental systems.
Alschuler, Introduction Comment, Ancient Law and the Punishment of Corporations: Of Frankpledge and Deodand, 71 B.
This is no doubt one of the reasons why manorial lords looked enviously at the sheriff's tourn through the hundreds, the twice-yearly great courts which inquired not only into the membership of adults in the compulsory mutual security system known as frankpledge, but also into breaches of the peace and offences which needed to be presented to the royal justices.
Based on coercively mandated requirements rather than positive incentives, the frankpledge was ordered to pursue offenders and ensure the appearance of members in court where the victims were to prosecute so the king could collect his fines.
Under the frankpledge system, adult male citizens used to band together for mutual protection against criminal elements.
Funeral to be held at Christ Church C of E, Frankpledge Road, Cheylesmore on the 7th April at 13:30 followed by burial at London Road Cemetery at 14:30.
Funeral to be held at Christ Church, Frankpledge Road, Cheylesmore, Coventry on 8 September at 10.
Funeral service to be held at Christ Church, Frankpledge Road, Cheylesmore on Friday 23rd January at 10.