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- noun (Feudal Law) Villanage.
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Warwickshire, a butcher's son, with a turn for making verses, whose name was William Shakspere; the Queen had issued a decree forbidding costly apparel (not including her own); and the last trace of feudal serfdom had just disappeared, by the abolition of "villenage" upon the Crown manors.
Clare Avery A Story of the Spanish Armada Emily Sarah Holt 1864
The tenements held in villenage of the lord of a manor, at least where they consisted of a messuage or dwelling-house, are often called _astra_ in our older books and court-rolls.
The practice adopted was like the practice in cases of alleged villenage in England.
All this practice was based upon the common law proceedings when a claim was made of villenage.
In the days of the most perfect villenage, they had, doubtless, eaten the bread of idleness, and claimed it as a right.
The beginning of the seventeenth century is the period usually referred to as the date of the extinction of personal villenage.
There shall never be any bond slavery, villenage or Captivity amongst us unless it be lawful Captives taken in just wares, and such strangers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us.
Poitiers and Agincourt, and indirectly did much to destroy feudalism and villenage, had its home in South Wales.
But the germs of freedom did not die, for villenage in Normandy was lighter, and ceased far sooner, than in the rest of France.
The Story of Rouen Theodore Andrea Cook 1897
This is known by different names in different lands and ages, -- villenage in England, serfdom in Russia.