Definition of royal demesne in English:

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royal demesne


chiefly historical
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
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  • They and their Plantagenet successors introduced game preserves and royal demesnes, codified the laws and imposed draconian punishments on those who transgressed.
  • In France, the Capetian kings generally held on to such lands, adding them 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.

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