Medieval Glossary


A peasant class that was tied to the land and owed manorial lords obligations. Villeins acted as agricultural workers. If a new lord were to take control of a manor, the villeins of a previous lord would remain to work the fields for the new lord. The term 'villein' was often used in England instead of the term 'serf.'

Related term(s): Serf; Manorial; Lord; Manorialism
Category: Agriculture
Added: 10.05.04
Last modified: 10.09.04


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