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Manorial Society Books in print


Blood Royal, from Alexander the Great to Queen Elizabeth II, Charles Mosley (Smith's Peerage for the Manorial Society of Great Britain), 2002, Standard Edition, pp350 plus 16pp pedigree charts, from Graeco-Roman and Anglo-Saxon times to the present, many colour illustrations, Subscibers' List, red card covers, with gold tooling, laminated colour dust jacket of HM The Queen with her favourite corgi. 29.95

All Limited Editions of Blood Royal have been sold out


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The Monarchy, fifteen hundred years of British tradition (Smith's Peerage for the Manorial Society of Great Britain), 1998, a series of essays, including ones by the late Enoch Powell and David Starkey, pp397, plus index, Subscribers' List, 16 colour illustrations, plus blue card covers, gold tooling, laminated colour dust jacket of HM The Queen in Coronation Regalia. 19.95

Some copies of the Limited Edition are available, Subscribers' List, contents and pagination as above, but blue leather bound, gold tooling, gilted page edges, and marbled end papers. 40.00 (a discount of 35.00 on the original price)




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The House of Commons, 700 years of British tradition (Smith's Peerage for the Manorial Society of Great Britain), 1996, Foreword by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd, Standard Edition, Subscribers' List, pp240, plus index, green card covers, gold tooling, laminated colour dust jacket, with picture of the Rt Hon E W Gladstone, Prime Minister, addressing the House, 16 colour illustrations. 16.95


Some copies of the Limited Edition are available, plus Subscribers' List, contents and pagination as above, but green leather bound, gold tooling, gilted edges, and marbled end papers. 30.00 (a discount of 20.00 on the original price)


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The House of Lords, a thousand years of British tradition (Smith's Peerage for the Manorial Society of Great Britain), 1994, Foreword by the Lord High Chancellor, the Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT PC, Standard Edition, Subscribers' List, index, pp241, red card covers, gold tooling, laminated colour dust jacket of HM Gracious Speech at the State Opening, 16 colour illustrations. 16.95

Some copies of the Limited Edition are available, Subscribers' List, contents and pagination as above, but red leather bound, gold tooling, gilted edges, and marbled end papers. 30.00 (a discount of 20.00 on the original price)



The King of the Chase, Sir Richard Sutton, Baronet, of Lynford Hall, Norfolk, by Gerald F Rand, Lord of Lynford (privately printed) Limited Edition, Subscribers' List, pictures and reproductions in colour and black and white, 25.00


Hastingleigh, 1000-2000AD, a history of a Kent Manor by Professor Brian J L Berry, Lord of the Manor, 364pp, many maps and line drawings and engravings, four Appendices - local history as it should be written, 25.00




Legal books and proceedings



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Manorial Law, A W & C Barsby, two barristers, published 1996, by Legal Research and Publishing in association with the Society, 1: What is a Manor; 2: The Manor and the Feudal System; 3: Manorial institutions; 4: Later changes, 14th to 19th centuries; 5: The legal reforms of the 1920s; 6: The Manor today: demesne, waste, roads and other odd bits of land, river beds streams and lakes, seashore and foreshore, adverse possession, profits a prendre, easements, mineral rights over former copyhold land, customary law, public rights of way, regulation of common land, franchises - name of the Manor, title of the Lord, honorary services and serjeanty, stewards, bailiffs, courts, reputed manors, the manor in practice; 7: Commons: Commons Acts 1876 to 1908, Law of Property Act, 1925, SS193 and 194, Commons Registration Act, 1965; 8: Minerals: gold and silver, coal, oil; ownership of land, separate rights to minerals, customary rights to minerals' Laws applying to particular areas; statutory regulaton of mining, Mines (working Facilities and Support) Acts, 1966 and 1974; establishing what minerals exist; 9: Franchises: legal nature; acquisition, transfer, and loss; markets and fairs; courts leet; treasure trove; wreck; mines; waifs and estrays; royal fish and swans; establishing franchises; 10: Sporting rights: legal nature, game laws, right to game and the Manor, fishing rights generally, coastal and tidal waters, inland waters, establishing what sporting rights exist within a Manor; 11: Transfers of Manors: method of transfer, proof of ownership, registration of Manors and rights, Property Misdescriptions Act, 1991; manorial documents: S144A, Law of Property Act 1922, Manorial Documents Rules, 1959, access to documents. manorial documents as evidence. Index, authorities. This is a very useful, easy-to-consult book - intelligible to the layman as to the lawyer. 59.95




Proceedings of a Conference on the Land Registration Act (2002) held on the afternoon of 4 November 2002 at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors: Charles Harpum, the barrister who drafted the Act, Q&As; Christopher Jessel, Partner, Farrer & Co Solicitors, Lincoln's Inn Fields; Mike Westcott-Rudd, HM Land Registry Q&As.25.00

Proceedings of a Conference on the implications of the Land Registration Act for Lords of Manors, held at Merton College, Oxford, on the weekend of 16-18 September 2005: Robert Smith: Introduction; John S Moore, University of Bristol, Land and Power: the Norman Conquest to the Laws of Property Acts (1925); Mike Westcott-Rudd, Senior Corporate Lawyer, HM Land Registry, Land registration and the Lord of the Manor; Martin Hopkins and Geoffrey Barrett (solicitors with much experience in manors and manorial rights): Manors: do's and don'ts; Edward Cousins, Chief Commons Commissioner and Adjudicator to HM Land Registry: Land Registration Act (2002): Aspects of the new jurisdiction; Stephen Johnson MA: Mapping of Manors and indentification of potential rights; Alistair Rennie, formerly Deputy Keeper of the Register of Scotland, Scottish Baronies; Jeffrey Littman, Bunnies and boundaries; Jeremy Ackroyd FRICS, chartered surveyor: Severed manorial minerals: research, collation, investigation, and registration; mineral disputes; List of delegates and useful addresses.




Tenures and Customs of Manors, originally collected, in 1679, by Thomas Blount, and republished with large additions and improvements, 1784 and 1815, republished by Historical Research and Publishing in association with the Society, 1999; some 1,500 Manors with interesting rights, in alphabetical order, 522pp, plus Index and Subscriber List




Forthcoming publications:


Manorial Directory. The first volume of what, it is hoped, will be a series of volumes of Manorial Lords and Ladies, and (Feudal) Barons and Baronesses, their biographies, achievements, family, colour photographs and arms, and their titles, 408pp, with an Introduction by the sometime Editor-in-Chief of Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Publication, May 2012

99.00 (to non-entrants)


The Sudeley's, Lords of Toddington, based on two Conferences (1987 and 2006) on Lord Sudeley's family, which is descended from the Emperor Charlemagne, crowned by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day AD800 in Rome; a series of essays on the family and their great house at Toddington, Gloucestershire, its paintings, furniture, and glass; their earlier houses; sometime Counts of the Vexin (France) 10th-11th centuries, Earls of Hereford (Norman Conquest), and Viscounts Tracy including genealogical essays by Professor Rosamond McKitterick, Newnham College, Cambridge (whose most recent book, Charlemagne, was published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press); Dr David Bates, sometime Director, Institute of Historical Research (University of London), Lord Sudeley on Sir William de Tracy, one of the four knights who murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket of Canterbury in 1170, and many others. Approximately 550pp with colour pictures, black and white maps, line drawings, and engravings.


Projected publication: early 2013


Subscribers' Edition: in keeping with our other publications, there will be a Subscribers' List, together with any titles or State honours, degrees, and other awards held - a permanent record for Subscribers and their Families.




Please see Subscribers' Edition which can be printed off and returned by email scan or by post


De-acquisitions from the Library

From time to time, Robert Smith has duplicate books in his Library which are offered below:

Calendarius Rotulorum Patentiuni in Turi Londonensi, a calendar of the Patent Rolls kept at the Tower of London, covering the period 3 John (1202) to 23 Edward IV (1484), printed in 1802, including a Loyal Address by the House of Commons to His Majesty King George III, 453pp, three indexes, folio condition: text and pages good, but original covers would need re-binding, original spine and marbled end papers. 95.00

Until the Public Record Office (now known as the National Archives) was founded in the 1830s, State documents (Acts of Parliament, Patent, Close, Fine and other Rolls &c) were kept at Royal palaces, of which the Tower of London is one. This Calendar is useful in giving a brief synopsis of each Patent in straightforward Latin, and many are to do with land and Manors.

History of the Counties of England (VCH)


Vol viii, Lewknor and Pyrton Hundreds, pp297, re-print of 1964 edition, gold tooling on spine and front hard cover, dust jackets, condition: very good

Vol ix, Bloxham Hundred, pp205, original, 1969, gold tooling &c, condition: very good

Vol x, Banbury Hundred, pp287, original 1972, gold tooling &c, condition: very good

The VCH was started at the beginning of the 20th century and is dedicated to the memory of her late Majesty Queen Victoria. It is published by the Institute of Historical Research, London University, and is still in progress. It has been compiled by some of the most eminent historians

over the past 100 years or so. The editions are compiled by hundredal units, in which are Included the parishes, and within the parishes the Manors, their histories (where appropriate, from Domesday Book and before) and Lords (where known) upto the date of publication. Each parish includes detailed information on churches, the advowson, and lists of clergy; together with schools and an economic history of the parish. Each parish is introduced with an upto date (at the time of publication) topography of the parish, the more important houses, and so forth. Coats of Arms of Manorial Lords are frequent, together with black and white, free-standing, photographs of villages, churches, and houses, together with some maps. There are numerous line drawings of more interesting buildings (such as the Manor House) and their construction.


The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham


George Lipscombe MD, published 1847, totalling 768pp in four volumes, covering the Hundreds of Stoke, Cotteslow, Newport, Desborough: folio, rebound, marbled endpapers, excellent condition, books plates in some volumes. Very few of this edition were printed in the 19th century and this series is scarce. 200.00

Until the VCH, research into and publication of county histories depended on gentlemen of means and leisure. The 19th century was the hey-day of such books, and the editors of the VCH followed the lead and high standards set by these authors. Although high education was limited to the few, well-to-do folk, even the Flashmans of the world, they were taught to a very high standard. There was an avid demand for books, magazines, and newspapers, which were, in their way, in the 19th century, the kind of entertainment now enjoyed by modern society on the Internet. Many of the upper middle classes had proficiency in Latin and Greek, and not infrequently two modern languages, French and Italian. Mr Lipscombe was no doubt one such. He also included detailed, fold-out diagrammatic pedigree charts and engravings of people, Arms, and properties.


Ruvigny, Marquis of, Blood Royal, Exeter volume, the descendants of King Edward III (1327-77), original copy of 520 Limited Edition (1907), illustrations of 12 photographs and engravings, with frontispiece inset engraving on thick card of Anne Plantagenet, Duchess of Exeter, blue card covers, gold tooling, some foxing, but firmly bound, slightly larger than quarto, copious pedigree charts, plus narrative, and index, pp827, 85.00

Ruvigny, Marquis of, Blood Royal, Tudor Roll, descendants of Henry IV, Henry VII, and James III of Scotland, 1994 facsimile copy of 1903, slightly smaller than quarto, blue card covers, gold tooling, excellent condition, 21 illustrations, plus pedigree charts, narrative, and index, pp620, 35.00

The Marquis de Ruvigny was French and made his home in England towards the end of the reign of Queen Victoria. He was an anglofile and his Blood Royal series of five volumes was the definitive publication on the Royal Family until our publication of Charles Mosley's Blood Royal in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, our publication bringing the Royal Family and its offshoots around Europe (and the world) upto 2002, and taking it back to the Anglo-Saxon monarchies of the Heptarchy. The Marquis enjoyed the rare privilege of having his French titlerecognized by the British authorities, as opposed to being treated, by courtesy, as a foreign title.

The Royal Lineage of England, Joseph Foster (1879), the Royal Family, Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, quarto, maroon card covers, gold tooling, good condition, binding firm, hundred of coats of arms. Many of the peerages and baronetcies that were extant at the time of publication are now extinct, in abeyance, or dormant, and the volume is valuable in showing who might have been in line, through female offspring, to the property of a family, and then traceable through Probate. In many senses, this period was the last hurrah of the hereditary peerage, who supplied most Cabinet posts and not a few Prime Ministers upto Lord Salisbury (1900), the last aristocratic head of government. 45.00




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