Banality


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Banality

 

in feudal Western Europe, the monopolistic right of a feudal lord to demand that his serfs mill grain, bake bread, press grapes, and perform other duties exclusively in the mill, oven, and winepress belonging to the lord. The feudal lord extracted requisitions in kind from the peasants—flour, wine, and so forth—or, later, money payments for the right to perform these economic operations on his manor.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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