from The Century Dictionary.
- Not having the right of alienating one's possessions in the event of dying childless, as serfs under the old feudal law of France; also, not subject to this right, as the possessions themselves.
- noun A serf who, under the feudal law in France, did not have the right of alienating his possessions in the event of a childless death.
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What follows is still better: An honest Parisian pays a visit to his parents in Burgundy and in Franche-Comté, resides a year and a day in a mainmortable house, and returning to Paris finds that his property, wherever situated, belongs to the lord, in case he dies without issue.
I have seen the Chartreux in my neighborhood inherit a hundred thousand crowns from one of their mainmortable slaves, who had made a fortune by commerce at
But the most curious and most consolatory circumstance attendant on this jurisprudence is that the lords of half these mainmortable territories are monks.
The mainmortable serfs of ecclesiastics are variously said to have been a million and a million and a half at the time of the Revolution.
In Bourbonnais the taille was formerly serf and the serfs mainmortable.
According to other customs, if the son of a mainmortable slave visits not the house of his father within a year and a day from his death, he loses all his father’s property, yet still remains a slave; that is to say, whatever wealth he may acquire by his industry, becomes at his death the property of the lord.