Cool new word 🙂  – Diffidationa renunciation of faith or allegiance formal severing of peaceful relations.


Diffidatio in French and English feudalism

by professor

 François Louis Ganshof

Feudalism - François Louis Ganshof

Hmmm – – recourse to arms ?


“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.” 

West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette [319 U.S. on p.642]


Read “English Common Law in the early American Colonies” (specifically Chapter IV – Summary) to understand how the New England settlers molded the American Common Law system based on their beliefs, and how they otherwise did abandon the technical system (SMU) of the English Common Law.



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Books that mention Diffidatio


The Birth of the English Common Law

by Raoul Charles van Caenegem


Diffidatio in French and English feudalism

by William Kluback