Soke (Legal)

  • Medieval Era
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Dating to the 11th Century AD and The Norman Conquest of England – the term ''Soke'' is a Medieval Legal practice. Instituted by The Normans and possibly taken from some elements of Danelaw, it was relative to Land Laws. A ''free Tenant'' Farm Worker who owned His own land and even paid required taxes on such, was a Sokeman. To invoke or request a ''Soke'' meant to have the right to bring legal recourse for wrongdoing against owned land to a Lord or related Judge. In time, larger communities would be identified as Soke's, in that they served as the primary location that a Sokeman could invoke Soke to a Judge.