Medieval Glossary


An official of the king and of local courts in the shires of England, a sheriff was also a collector of income. Sheriffs, however, focused mostly on judicial duties, such as the execution of writs. The word 'sheriff' was formed by the combination of the words 'shire' and 'reeve.'

Related term(s): Reeve; Seneschal; Magistrate; Justice
Category: Government and Law
Added: 09.05.04


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