The Anguissola were his family, and their honour was his honour, since as a villein he had no honour of his own.
His right to the land, in fact, was not freehold, but tenure by villein socage.
And is it really true that a villein with you can rise to be a noble?
Can the overlord rede the heart of the villein that feedeth him?
In five months I were a free man, he said, but to-day I am this man's villein.
There were three awake, the beggar, a villein, and the youngest soldier.
I 'll be sworn thou 'rt no villein, said the priest, very grim.
Thus at Mildenhall, in 1381, a villein pays for his land nearly 1s.
The villein 73 and his oxen were all housed under one roof at first.
An apprentice, a miner, hired laborer, serf or a villein is not a slave.