from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Anglo-Saxon law, protection. See the quotation.
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Lombardy, or, I believe, in any Teutonic state, save under the 'mundium' of some one.
Perhaps we should rather call the power (_mundium_) wielded by father, brother, husband, or other male relative a protectorate; for in those early days among rude peoples any legal action might involve fighting to prove the merits of one's case, and the woman would therefore constantly need a champion to assert her rights in the lists.
Walking over sown land, or sending a woman of your mundium to do so, in accordance with an ancient superstition, is a severe offence; so is injuring a vineyard, or taking more than tres uvae (bunches of grapes, I presume) from the vine.
Exenio ipft mulieri aliquid dederit, «'« iprius fit potefiate, qui mundium de ea fecit.
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This _wittemon_ was regarded as the price paid for the parental authority (_mundium_) and amounted among the Saxons to 300 _solidi_. [