Tenenda Non Tollenda

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by Fabian Philipps

An important book according by Holdsworth, Tenenda non Tollendawas written to protest the recent abolition of military tenures, a system through which the crown granted lands in exchange for military services, either personal or through the provision of troops. He feared this would eventually lead to the creation of a standing army, a potential tool of royal oppression. [1]

On the suppression of the court of chancery in 1653, Philipps published On the Court of Chancery and the Courts of Justice at Westminster (1653), for which he received the thanks of William Lenthall, speaker of the House of Commons. He wrote three works against the abolition of tenures by knight service: Tenenda non tollenda (1660), Ligeancia lugens, or, Loyaltie lamenting the many great mischiefs and inconveniences which will fatally and inevitably follow the taking away of the royal pourveyances and tenures in capite (1661), and The Mistaken Recompense for Pourveyance and Tenures (1664). [2]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Fabian Philipps

Title: Tenenda Non Tollenda, Or The Necessity Of Preserving Tenures In Capite And By Knightservice, Which According To Their First Institution Were, And Are Yet, A Great Part Of The Salus Populi, And The Safety And Defence Of The King, As Well As Of His People: Together With A Prospect Of The Very Many Mischiefs And Inconveniences, Which By The Taking Away Or Altering Of Those Tenures, Will Inevitably Happen To The King And His Kingdomes

Published: London: Printed by Thomas Leach, for the author, and are to be sold by Abel Roper, 1660.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in later period-style calf with lettering piece and gilt fillets on the spine, dentelles to board edges and renewed endpapers. Purchased from The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.


  1. Holdsworth, A History of English Law V1:610. Wing, Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America P2019 (41830).
  2. Nicholas Jagger, ‘Philipps, Fabian (1601–1690)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2007 accessed 7 June 2013