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  • The [beadle's] rent is excused or lowered; he gets certain perquisites, such as a measure of seed-corn from time to time, or a piece of meadow (a beadle-mead) for himself, or a number of sheaves at the harvest.

    —H. S. Bennett, Life on the English Manor, Cambridge, 1960, p. 180

    April 29, 2010

  • I love this. *scrounges for a list to put it on*

    I wish I had more time for list-making these days. I'd love to make some archaic medieval-English-type thing and this word would be a perfect start.

    Incidentally, I looked this up in the OED and it wasn't there, but it suggested: beadledom, beadlehood, beadlemer, beadlery, and beadleship.

    April 29, 2010