One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) either of two ecclesiastical courts at Canterbury and York formerly responsible for the probate of wills involving property in more than one diocese.
- ‘Arbitrary high courts disappeared and Charles I's prerogative courts were not revived.’
- ‘During 1640-41, Charles I's prerogative courts were abolished, his ministers arrested or forced to flee, and his unpopular financial expedients declared illegal.’
- ‘Subsequently, the prerogative courts were abolished in 1641.’
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