Villeins were apt 'to go away secretly' and to be no more found.
To reduce you to villeins and to bondsmen, as your forefathers were to them.
The villagers, or villeins, were the second class and less forlorn.
In any one manor, however, the holdings of all the villeins were equal.
But the villeins were not without their own officer, the provost or reeve.
For he holdeth the land in fee, and the villeins sweat for him.
Rich prelates had no mind to share their wealth with villeins.
She was a kindly soul, Dame Emma, a friend to villeins and poor labourers.
Not to be villeins any longer, but freed men, with leave to come and go of their own will.
Villeins and free labourers of Sussex by score and by hundred came.