Medieval Glossary


Agricultural workers that were tied to the land and owed obligations to the manorial lord. If a new lord were to take control of a manor, the serfs of the previous lord would remain to work the fields for the new lord. In England, serfs were sometimes referred to as villeins.

Related term(s): Serfdom; Villein; Manorial; Peasantry
Category: Agriculture
Added: 06.30.04
Last modified: 11.01.04


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