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I have begun this book, even though I well recognise that I lack the sense and knowledge by which I ought to undertake to do it.  35 At the time John was writing, a generation had passed since a king had presided at the High Court of Jerusalem. Instead, the kingdom had been governed by regents, a position John himself had held briefly in the mid-1250s, and it is for this reason that John uses ‘chief lord’ as a portmanteau expression to denote ‘the king or the regent’. He makes the point that when a king is crowned or a regent takes office he swears an oath to uphold the assises and usages, as do the vassals and rear vassals, all of whom share in the obligation of participating in the judicial processes of the court, and he also makes it clear that the same law and procedures should be applied in the seigneurial courts.

117), leprous slaves (cap. 118), payments to mercenaries (caps 120–3), and the public auction and private sale of horses (caps 124–5). This section dealing with assises ends with ‘the assise that lords and men should take the most trouble to know’ (cap. 126). This is the Assise sur la ligece, and John gives a brief account 71 72 But see cap. 22. Cf. Philip of Novara, pp. 521–4.  39 of its origin in the conflict between Gerard of Sidon and King Amaury over Gerard’s treatment of one of his vassals and describes what the assise entailed.

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