This section is from the book "The Law Of Real Property and Other Interests In Land", by Herbert Thorn Dike Tiffany. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise on the Modern Law of Real Property and Other Interests in Land .
For various reasons tenure in socage tended to grow at the expense of the other tenures,28 but the rights of wardship, marriage, and the other feudal burdens continued to press heavily on a large portion of the country, and finally, after abortive proposals to that end in the reign of James I., and the actual removal of the burdens during the time of the Commonwealth, it was provided by the statute 12 Car. II. c. 24 (A. D. 1660) that all the military tenures should be thereafter tenure in free and common socage, and all the burdens in favor of the lord, whether a mesne lord or the king, were by the same act removed, with the exception of "rents certain" and one or two other minor services. The result of this act was that generally all trace or remembrance of the relation of freeholder and lord passed away, except within the known precincts of a manor, and the freeholder became for practical purposes the owner of the soil.29