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(Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord

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Everyone lies, from villein to tsar, passing through the priest, in a civil disorder, aspiring to the "Grace universe" and makes the people believe themselves "one with the gods".
Members having served more than 10,15,20 or 25 years are classed respectively as Villeins, Apprentices, Yeomen or Masters.
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.
Rigid and hereditary stratification dominated lords ruled, clergy prayed, knights in arms fought, serfs and villeins worked the land in return for protection by their lieges.
But there was something missing, namely a commercial centre where all the serfs and villeins could meet up, down a pint or two, and indulge in a spot of banter over their bartering.
(76) For centuries, particularly in England, property in the sense of land tenures reflected a clear hierarchy of fixed status, with a chain reaching from the king down through various mense lords to the lowest villeins. (77) To have property was to occupy a place in that chain, owing duties to superiors and subordinates, with a vast legal and political structure reinforcing the meaning and content of these fixed hierarchies.
First up is funky rock music with an indie vibe that makes you want to dance from RADIODYNAMICS; second on the bill are THE LITTLE VILLEINS, London's best kept secret, who provide shimmering pop punk with a rich seam of ska running through it; while THIS CITY ROMANCE, an alternative indie band from Middlesbrough, complete the line-up.
Worth only fifteen shillings, Escelie had just three villeins and two bordars as well as two oxmen.
But in the medieval world, there were degrees of freedom, predicated on degrees of land ownership, and your social identity reflected that, ranging from serfs to villeins to sokemen to freemen to thegns.
A typical Domesday entry provides a figure for the number of villeins and free men, and their ploughs, and will then go on to note churches, mills, meadow, pasture, woodland and the like.
'This action being a perfect novelty in our Courts," he said, "we must consider the nature, origin, & application of it." (167) Much of his ensuing analysis was directed at refuting the plaintiffs contention "that wherever anything may be entailed[,] a writ of formedon will lie." (168) After showing that this proposition was not "well founded," Tucker next met the argument based on the "strong analogy between Villeins regardant and intailed, or annexed Slaves, in this Country." (169) He concluded that the writ of formedon would lie to recover a villein only if "brought for the Manor to which he was regardant." (170) It was not the proper writ to recover a villein alone, who had been taken away from his manorial lord.
These authors have no problems when it comes to ranking the nobility, the landed gentry, merchants, and serfs (villeins).
Firstly, some members in 1614 argued that the king's claims to be able to levy extra-parliamentary impositions effectively reduced free subjects to the status of villeins or bondsmen (Commons Journal, 1:472, 493), but no one seems to have drawn on Cicero, Livy, or Sallust on liberty (or on anything much).