VILLEIN

VILLEIN

villein (vil-[schwa]n). Hist. A person entirely subject to a lord or attached to a manor, but free in relation to all others; a serf. ? At the time of the Domesday Inquest (shortly after the Norman Conquest), about 40% of households were marked as belonging to villeins: they were the most numerous element in the English population. Cf. FREEMAN.

villein in gross. A villein who was annexed to the person of the lord, and transferable by deed from one owner to another.

villein regardant (ri-gahr-d[schwa]nt). A villein annexed to the manor of land.


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