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soke

[sohk] /soʊk/
noun, Early English Law.
1.
the privilege of holding court, usually connected with the feudal rights of lordship.
2.
a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.
Origin of soke
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin soca < Old English sōcn attack, right of prosecution, jurisdiction (see soken); akin to sake1, seek
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  • If so, then there may have been a time when commendation and soke were all one.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • The soke and ward of Aldgate was then bounded as I have before showed.

  • Already the Norman lords are assuming a soke which their antecessores did not enjoy.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • One contrasts the soke of the manor with the inland and with the berewicks.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • It seems possible that a further hint as to the history of soke is given us by certain entries relating to the boroughs.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • In the "Liberty of the soke" the bishop of the diocese had his court, presided over by the bailiff as his deputy.

    Winchester Sidney Heath
  • In the Wallingford of the Confessors day there were many persons who had sake and soke within their houses.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Such is the best explanation that we can give of the men who sell their soke with their land.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • They could give and sell their land, but the soke and the commendation and the service would remain to the Saint.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Of these six free men St Benet had the soke, and of one of them the commendation.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for soke

soke

/səʊk/
noun (English legal history)
1.
the right to hold a local court
2.
the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek
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Word Origin and History for soke
n.

"right of jurisdiction," Old English socn "jurisdiction, prosecution," literally "seeking," from Proto-Germanic *sokniz, from PIE *sag-ni-, from root *sag- "to seek out" (see seek). Related: Sokeman; sokemanry.

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