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Synonyms for villein

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

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Villeins, or nativi, peasant natives of their vill or settlement, formed the bulk of the population of England at this time.
Over the course of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the Greek nobles, or archontes, eventually gained back much of their lands but virtually none of their political rights.(7) Some of those families, notably branches of the Calergi family, became loyal subjects of the Comune; others remained impoverished or left the island.(8) Below the status of the archontes came the great mass of the Greek peasantry, whose status under the previous Byzantine administration was servile.(9) When Venice acquired possession of the island, it also acquired the lands and the servile population known in Latin as villeins.(10)
He believes that he is truly the character played." These small bites do not refer only to the description of the villeins. When talking, for instance, about the education acquired in the Western universities by the rich classes, Besancon cannot refrain to quote Koyre, because young Russians studying in Germany have not read the books of Schelling, Hegel, or Schleiermacher, being satisfied only to consult the timetable.
* 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.
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" (
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.
For example, Proverb 193 of the Villein's Proverbs warns, "Do not believe God does not grieve / At poor men's self-elation / For each man should do what is good / Within his proper station.
(57) </pre> <p>He then asserts that the essential difference between real and personal property is "founded in the nature of the objects themselves." (58) Yet, what he refers to as the "incidents to real and personal property"--those items that are annexed or connected to the land--have their status determined by "juris positivi"--positive law--"as good policy may require." (59) This argument forms the basis of Virginia's property laws on slavery, as Tucker demonstrates:</p> <pre> Thus an estate in lands, if limited for any number of years, even a thousand, is regarded as a chattel; whilst an estate in the precarious life of a villein [peasant tied to the land, similar to a serf] might be an inheritance in fee simple, and as such, considered as a real estate....
Hispanics makes a difference in building the subscriber base, said Leslie Villein, Hispanic marketing manager for Comcast's Northern California region.
Another uncle, John, Duke of Bedford (1349-1435), owned a silver and crystal salt shaped as a labourer carrying a basket, (28) whilst the French financier Jacques Coeur in 1453 owned a gold salt shaped as a 'villein'.
The medieval English villein was not in the same condition as a slave, says Skinner, for "it is only his property, not his person, which is sub potestate domini" (309-10).
If the courts decided that a slave was merely a modern-day villein, or serf, then his master might be legally entitled to transport him to Jamaica.
All these diverse ideas were tied together in the later medieval definition of Jewish status as "servitudo camerae" sometimes "servi camerae," "serfs of the chamber [treasury]," somewhat akin to the position of the villein in feudal structure, that is, having security through custom, subject however to his ruler's will.