from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rent in kind.
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Or a bishop might have been the local boss but subject in some way to a sort of high king, and a high king may well have travelled round his territory eating the food-rent and reminding everyone of his presence, so the bishop's residence could have also been the king's court from time to time.
The tribesman, it will be observed, by accepting stock from his chief parted to some extent with his freedom, but his interests were carefully looked after by law, and it was provided that after food-rent and service had been rendered for seven years, if the chief should die, the tenant should become entitled to the stock deposited with him.
feorm (goods, mostly foodstuffs, paid by an individual or estate to a lord at regular intervals, often annually) = food-rent fyrd (fighting force composed of freemen doing obligatory military service for their lord) = militia seax (single-bladed long knife) = fighting knife, or dagger