Medieval Glossary


An English unit of land measurement. The hide was typically the area of land that could support a family and so it ranged from one area to another (depending upon local conditions). Even though it varied, the typical measurement was sixteen square furlongs (or 120 acres). This unit of land could also be called a carucate.

Related term(s): Acre; Virgate; Carucate; Rood
Category: Weights and Measures
Added: 10.09.04
Source information: Nicholson, Edward. Men and Measures. London: Smith, Elder, and Company, 1912. 81-2.


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