Medieval Glossary


A court held before the freemen of a manor to deal with such matters as services owed by tenants to the lord and personal actions by tenants for the recovery of debts and damages worth less than forty shillings. Neither the lord nor his steward were permitted to imprison or fine. Although now obsolete, Court-barons have never been abolished.

Related term(s): Manor; Tenant; Lord
Category: Government and Law
Added: 10.09.05
Contributor(s): Alan Chanter
Source information: Kenyon, J.P. The Wordsworth Dictionary of British History. Wordsworth Editions, 1998.


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