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chevage

chevage  

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A payment made to a lord by a villein who wished to move from one manor to another.
Demosiarios

Demosiarios  

(δημοσιάριος, from demosion, “state treasury”), a fiscal category of peasants whose nature is unclear. Demosiarioi appear in only a handful of documents from the mid-10th through the mid-11th C.; in ...
Domesday Book

Domesday Book  

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A survey of property in England conducted in 1086. Conceived by William I, but probably to some extent based on pre-Conquest administrative records, it was the most comprehensive assessment of ...
feudalism

feudalism  

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[De]A strictly hierarchical political and economic system in which land is granted in return for military or labour services.
leyerwite

leyerwite  

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A fine payable by a medieval villein to the lord of the manor upon the villein's unmarried daughter becoming pregnant.
manor

manor  

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[MC]The basic social, political, and economic unit of the manorial system, found in parts of northern Europe, Britain especially, from the 9th century ad. At its heart was a self‐sufficient landed ...
merchet

merchet  

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A payment from a villein to his lord of the manor upon the marriage of the villein's son or daughter. By some manorial customs the payment was made only if the marriage was to someone outside the ...
ordeal

ordeal  

An ancient test of guilt or innocence, especially among Germanic peoples, by subjection of the accused to severe pain, survival of which was taken as divine proof of innocence. In Anglo-Saxon and ...
Peasants' Revolt

Peasants' Revolt  

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An uprising in 1381 among the peasant and artisan classes in England, particularly in Kent and Essex. The rebels marched on London, occupying the city and executing unpopular ministers, but after the ...
reeve

reeve  

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A local official in Anglo-Saxon and post-Conquest England. The most important were shire reeves (sheriffs) who administered royal justice and collected royal revenues within their shire. Manorial ...

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