Definitions for "Frankpledge"
A pledge or surety for the good behavior of freemen, -- each freeman who was a member of an ancient decennary, tithing, or friborg, in England, being a pledge for the good conduct of the others, for the preservation of the public peace; a free surety.
The tithing itself.
Originally, a system where householders were responsible for each other's behavior and you had to tattle on your neighbor if he broke any laws and bring him to the "court leet", the manorial court for petty offenses. By the 17th century, "frankpledge" came to be synonymous with "court leet".
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