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  • n. Plural form of franklin.


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  • In 1100 there were 4500 franklins, making a population of about 50,000, fully three-fourths of whom had a strong infusion of Celtic blood in them.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • Society was divided only into two classes of men, the free and unfree, though political power was in the hands of the franklins alone; “godi” and thrall ate the same food, spoke the same tongue, wore much the same clothes, and were nearly alike in life and habits.

    The Story of the Volsungs

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  • “Ay, but,” said Wamba, “your chivalrous excellency will find there are more fools than franklins among us.”


  • They'll summon franklins and yeomen from all over the planet, and march against us.

    The High Crusade

  • Once these had submitted, the burgesses and franklins quickly did likewise-and were so used to having an all-powerful government above them that they never dreamed it might be possible to revolt.

    The High Crusade

  • I saw Sir Owain Montbelle, idly thrumming his harp; scarred, fierce old Sir Brian Fitz-William, the third of the three knighted men on this voyage; big Alfred Edgarson, the purest of Saxon franklins; gloomy Thomas Bullard, fingering the naked sword on his lap; Red John Hameward, shy because he was the lowest born of them all.

    The High Crusade

  • It sounds easy, but the kicker is that their social setup is feudal-the sixty-six thousand people they call the Elect are actually only free landholders or franklins, and below them there's a huge number of serfs - nobody's ever bothered to count them.

    Cities In Flight

  • This commerce also was bogging down rather rapidly, for the single citizen had no use for money, and the lords and franklins of Heaven had few goods to barter.

    Cities In Flight

  • Under his roof, eating daily at his board, lived a throng of armed retainers; and around his castle lay farms tilled by martial franklins, who at his call laid aside their implements of husbandry, took up the sword and spear, which they could wield with equal skill, and marched beneath his banner to the war.

    The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book


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