presentment of Englishry

A relic of the Conquest. In England, under Norman rule, Englishry was said to be presented when it was proved that a murdered man was an Englishman, and thus the county was saved from an amercement which otherwise would have been imposed upon it. See 4 Bl Comm 195.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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