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Villein   Listen

(Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord.  Synonyms: helot, serf.

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... land; and all who suffered otherwise in this or the two former reigns shall be restored to their rights and possessions. Every freeman shall be fined in proportion to his fault; and no fine shall be levied on him to his utter ruin; even a villein or rustic shall not by any fine be bereaved of his carts, ploughs, and implements of husbandry. This was the only article calculated for the interests of this body of men, probably at that time the most numerous in ...
— The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume VI. • Various

... two kinds of land. There were, on the one hand, the employer, the lord, and his demesne land; on the other, the villeins and the land held in villenage. Putting aside for the moment any discussion of the exact degree of servitude, it will be seen that the essence of the bargain was that the villein should be permitted to cultivate a virgate of land for his own use in return for service rendered on the home farm. This is not altered by the fact that the conditions approached those of slavery, that the villeins were adscripti glebae, that in some cases their wives and sons were bequeathed ...
— Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia

Words linked to "Villein" :   cottier, cotter, Dark Ages, Europe, Middle Ages, thrall

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