One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An area of land owned by the Crown.‘the king reclaimed Winchelsea as a royal demesne’‘Philip Augustus annexed Auvergne to the royal demesne’as modifier ‘royal demesne lands’
- ‘While Philip was hardly more than first among equals, he did manage to add a bit to the royal demesne, and that as a side-effect of the First Crusade.’
- ‘Normandy alone yielded as much revenue as the entire royal demesne had in his father's day; Philip's conquests in total quadrupled crown income.’
- ‘They and their Plantagenet successors introduced game preserves and royal demesnes, codified the laws and imposed draconian punishments on those who transgressed.’
- ‘Louis was not always successful in these campaigns, but he never lost disastrously and he was successful often enough that by the end of the reign he, too, had added a bit to the royal demesne.’
- ‘England, or rather the king of England, had virtually no army beyond that recruited on demand from the royal demesne, and that provided on request by the nobility.’
- ‘Aquitaine did not enter the royal demesne; instead, Eleanor married Henry Plantagenet, who soon became the King of England, and the great French duchy became the property of the English.’
- ‘Portions of Leinster, notably Dublin and Wexford, were set aside to constitute royal demesne.’
- ‘In France, the Capetian kings generally held on to such lands, adding them to the royal demesne.’
- ‘Worst of all, Richard fatally undermined England's fiscal base, namely revenue from royal demesne lands, at a time when Philip Augustus was vastly expanding the French royal demesne.’
- ‘As king he underwrote the invasion and conquest of Languedoc, thereby greatly adding to the royal demesne.’
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