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  • n. Plural form of vavasour.

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Examples

  • Other purposes besides that of providing good cheer for a robust generation were served by the wealth of her great landed proprietors, and of the "worthy vavasours" (smaller landowners) who, like Chaucer's "Franklin" -- a very Saint Julian or pattern of hospitality -- knew not what it was to be "without baked meat in the house," where their tables dormant in the hall alway

    Chaucer

  • Widow Lady, whom he carried off by force before her castle of Camelot, and hath set her in the house of one of his vavasours until such time as he shall espouse her.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • Rebraced to its purpose by Lanfranc's cheering assurances, the resolute, indomitable soul of William now applied itself, night and day, to the difficult task of rousing his haughty vavasours.

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 11

  • Norman vavasours, whom even the English Chronicler admits to have been

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 01

  • And thus, in the year of our Lord 1052, occurred the notable dispersion and ignominious flight of the counts and vavasours of great William the Duke!

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 03

  • "Per la resplendar De," cried William, frowning; -- "do ye think, my proud vavasours, to fail me in this great need?"

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 12

  • The fierce and plotting William, the vain and worthless Rufus, the cold-blooded and relentless Henry, are no adequate representatives of the far nobler Norman vavasours, whom even the English Chronicler admits to have been "kind masters," and to whom, in spite of their kings, the after liberties of England were so largely indebted.

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Complete

  • "I would willingly give her to you, were it not that it might seem strange to the multitude of young knights eighteen to twenty years of age now in pursuit of her, lords of Baux, of Toulouse, of Perpignan, and vavasours of the great Emperor beyond the Rhone, who might all join together and fall upon me.

    Romance of Roman Villas (The Renaissance)

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