A Norman term for tenant who was not free, but held his land, usually a virgate, in return for his labour in the Lord of the Manor's demesne.
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Ancient Measurement Terms: Wealthiest class of peasant. They usually cultivated 20-40 acres of land, often in isolated strips.
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A peasant who, under the feudal system
of land tenure that prevailed in Europe in the Middle Ages, gave dues and services to a lord in exchange for land. Villeins were not slaves, and were named as...Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20688
Vil'lein noun (Feudal Law)
, 1. Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/webster/V/25
• (n.) See Villain, 1.Found on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/villein/
Villein, or villain, was a term used in the feudal era to denote a peasant (tenant farmer) who was legally tied to a lord of the manor – a villein in gross – or in the case of a villein regardant to a manor. Villeins occupied the social space between a free peasant (or `freeman`) and a slave. The majority of medieval European p...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villein_(feudal)
villein (vil'un) [O.Fr.,=village dweller], peasant under the manorial system of medieval Western Europe. The term applies especially to serfs in England, where by the 13th cent. the entire unfree peasant population came to be called villein. The localism of medieval economy has made a general de...Found on http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0850914.html
In France: a rural or urban non-noble. A rural free-man in England: a peasant with enough land to support his family. Engl. law. A species of slave during the feudal times.' The feudal villein of the lowest order was unprotected as to property, and subjected to the post ignoble services; but his circumstances were very different from the slave ...Found on http://www.lectlaw.com/def2/u036.htm
A peasant who, under the feudal system of land tenure that prevailed in Europe in the Middle Ages, gave dues and services to a lord in exchange for land. Villeins were not slaves, and were named as freemen and freewomen in medieval documents, but they were not free. They and their land and possessions belonged to the lord of the manor. They were no...Found on http://www.talktalk.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0015753.html
An unfree peasant, legally and socially tied to their lord's land.Found on http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/A_Magical_Medieval_City_Guide_%28DnD_Other%29/
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