Property Law and The Entail in Downton Abbey

International legal history buffs and viewers of the hit BBC Masterpiece Theater series, Downton Abbey, should take a look at a guest post by Seattle attorney James F. Nagle regarding the concept of the entail. The entail, who inherits the Downton Abbey estate, is the driving force of plot in the show. Nagle explains the property law issues in the show on a guest post at Austenprose.

An entail was a legal device to ensure that property would be handed down in a way that suited the ancestor, normally to a male heir, thus keeping the family estate intact.

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One Response to Property Law and The Entail in Downton Abbey

  1. Thanks for the link to the article on my blog by James Nagel, who is a huge Jane Austen fan and an authority on English primogeniture law.

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