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VILLEIN, Eng. law. A species of slave during the feudal times.'
     2. 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 of the southern states, for no person was, in the eye of the law, a villein, except as to his master; in relation to all other persons he was a freeman. Litt. Ten. s. 189, 190; Hallam's View of the Middle Ages, vol. i. 122, 124; vol. ii. 199.

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Lee was notorious as a "great sheep-master" and for having profited by selling villeins their freedom.
Finally, Bailey turns again to the bigger picture, and with the compiled evidence shows fairly comprehensively that villein tenure was 'in fact, in headlong retreat from the 1350s, and had largely decayed by the 1380s' (p.
These small bites do not refer only to the description of the villeins.
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According to seventeenth century English jurist Edward Coke, "If a villein [bondsman] taketh a free woman to wife, and have issue between them, the issue shall be villeins.
93-96 (<<The possibility that one could find Christians called Muhammad living besides Muslims with Greek names serves to compound our inability to distinguish Arab-Christians from Arab-Muslims in the villein registers>>, p.
Institutions for monitoring and adjudicating rights existed, though in practice the abbey, lord, or knight could deploy those institutions more to their advantage than could the villein
Thus, for example, in 1551 thirteen gentlemen of Mantua sent the Lord of Mantua a letter of complaint against a sumptuary law which did not give sufficient weight to social differences, arguing their case as follows: "If we must observe rank, we fail to see why (be it said without ambition) the merchant should not be at least distinguished from the gentleman and the villein from the nobleman.
Quite to the contrary, Chesterton was an unrepentant enthusiast for modernity's chief accomplishment--the French Revolution and its democratic deliverance of the common man from his old feudal estate as serf and villein, elevating him to a social and political sufficiency heretofore unknown.
The statement that there are so many villeins looks transparent enough, but in many estates the number is directly related to tax assessment: each recorded villein is matched by a virgate, that is a quarter of a hide.
Pollente's villein, "with scull all raw," rushes out to collect the levy, "To whom [Artegall] aunswerd wroth, loe there thy hire; / And with that word him strooke, that streight he did expire" (5.
First, they were either immediately or ultimately founded on a threat to survival: a villein or slave obeyed the master's will in order to live.