Medieval Glossary

Escheat

Permanent reversion of land held under feudal tenure to the feudal lord as a result of the vassal's family becoming extinct.

Related term(s): Feudal Tenure; Lord; Vassal; Relief; Fief
Category: Feudalism
Added: 12.03.04
Source information: Roberts, Clayton and Roberts, David. A History of England, Third Edition. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1998. 76-7.

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