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Vavasors

 

(also valvasors), minor feudal lords in medieval France and Italy.

In France the term “vavasors” was applied to vassals of knights who had given them fiefs (often very small ones). Most vavasors had the right of lowest jurisdiction on the fief. In the 11th century the term “vavasor” became established in Italy. The Italian vavasors received benefices from great feudal lords, against whom they later started a struggle to convert the benefices into fiefs. In 1037 Emperor Conrad II confirmed the hereditary rights of the vavasors. In the 11th century the vavasors began moving to the towns and were drawn into trade and usury; they became closely associated with the upper stratum of the townspeople and began to merge with them in the 13th century. However, most of the vavasors (the grandees) became the main enemy of the townspeople.

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So delighted is he by her company that when the vavasor comes to call him to supper he interprets the intrusion as a hostile act: "that night the vavasor made war upon me / by coming to fetch me / when it was the time and hour to sup" (247-49) ("mes tant me fist, la nuit, de guerre / li vavasors, qu'il me vint querre, / qant de soper fu tans et ore" [247-49]).
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Prong (Rachel Ray), Bernard Dale and Adolphus Crosbie (Small House at Allington), Miss Mackenzie's three suitors, Captain Bellfield, and George Vavasor in Can You Forgive Her?
Unlike Lady Laura whose resistance to those restrictions is motivated by a desire to participate in politics, and unlike Alice Vavasor who fights against the marriage market and its sexual contract to escape domestic violence, Lizzie manipulates her social and economic functions, to use Mr Dove's earlier phrase, for a `simple dirty question of money'.
On the other hand, this question is clearly rhetorical when used manipulatively, as it is by George Vavasor, or when acceptance is presumed, as it is by John Grey.
Alice Vavasor feels that Glencora "should not have allowed the word duenna to have passed her lips in speaking to any one; but, above all, she should not have done so in the hearing of Mr Palliser's cousin" (CYFH, 1:287).
in which case the pronoun refers with equal justification to George Vavasor and to John Grey, that is, to Don Juan and to John Bull.
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Trollope, like Thackeray, relies on language that is chiefly metaphoric for his narrator's account of the decisively sexualized moment in John Grey's courtship of Alice Vavasor in Can You Forgive Her?
It reminds me of those two great Cymros John Penry and Vavasor Powell who suffered persecution and execution (legal murder) for their struggle to prevent an English law which was intent on taking away their heritage.
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He claimed to be descended from the 17th century Welsh puritan Vavasor Powell.