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Statuta de Forstallariis (Statute of Forestallers), c. 1300

[Arkenberg Introduction]

Of the various mercantile statutes, the Statute of Forestallers appears in very few of the Common Law statute books. Prohibiting forestalling, an activity of middlemen designed to drive up prices, the statute first appears in books written at the beginning of the fourteenth century (See: R. H. Britnell, "Forstall, Forestalling and the Statute of Forestallers," EHR 102 (1987): 89-102).

And also Forestallers, that buy any thing afore the due and accustomed hour ["hour which is due and appointed in the Town"?] against the good state and regulation of the town and market, or that pass out of the town to meet such things as come to the market, and buy outside of the town, to the intent that they may sell the same in the town more dearly, that utter it more dear than they would that brought it, in case they had come to the town or market. And their names shall be presented distinctly and openly, and they be amerced for every default, or to be judged to the Tumbrel, if they forestall contrary to the statute.


From: A. Luders, ed., The Statutes of the Realm: Printed by Command of His Majesty King George the Third, in Pursuance of an Address of the House of Commons of Great Britain, From Original Records and Authentic Manuscripts, 11 vols., (London: Record Commission, 1810-1828), Vol. I, p. 202.

Scanned by Jerome S. Arkenberg, Cal. State Fullerton. The text may have been modernized by Prof. Arkenberg.

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