Comparative Politics; Six Lectures Read Before the Royal Institution in Jan. and Feb., 1873, with the Unity of History, the Rede Lecture Read Before T

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Comparative Politics; download; Six Lectures Read Before the Royal Institution in Jan. and Feb., 1873, with the Unity of History, the Rede Lecture Read Before T EPUB EBook Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...LAW 179 great, may be atoned for by the payment of the appointed sum in money (28). And the penalty to be paid by the manslayer is regulated with a minute regard to the rank of the person slain and to his supposed consequent value. The life of every man, like the oath of every man, was of some value; but the life and the oath of the man of higher rank was of more value than the life and the oath of the man of lower rank (29). The price of one Thegn was equal to that of several churls, and so on in an ascending scale, till we reach the mighty penalty which alone could atone for the death of the King. Mark too that differences of race come in as well as differences of rank; in the lands where the Englishman and the Briton dwelled side by side, the blood of the Englishman was rated at a higher price than the blood of the Briton of his own rank (30). Mark too that care was taken that the penalty should be paid to those who, in the eye of the law, had undergone the wrong; the price of the slave was paid to his master; the price of the freeman was paid to his kinsfolk; but the price of kingly blood was not only heavier than the price of other men, but it had to be paid twice over, to the kinsfolk who had lost one of their house and to the commonwealth which had lost its leader. And in this last case the payment of the wergild might rise to the rank of an affair between commonwealth and commonwealth. War between sovereign states is simply the natural right of self- EPUBdefence, which still goes on in a state of things where the contending parties have no common superior to decide with authority between them. But the vengeance of the Commonwealth, like the vengeance of the individual, may be bought off; and we have at least two cases in early English... Like this book? Read online this: Blood Price, Ideology and Genre (The 1986 James Russell Wiggins Lecture) (The James Russell Wiggins Lectures in the History of the Book in American Culture).

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