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bondage

(in medieval Europe) the condition and status of unfree peasants who provided labour and other services for their lord in return for holdings of land
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Somerset's lawyers argued that the ancient practice of villeinage (serfdom) had died out because the English despised it, and that permitting its return in the form of African slavery corrupted the people of England.
Secondly, and more importantly, the Digest's definition of servitude was well known to the English common law because it was precisely Henry de Bracton's definition of servitude--or villeinage, or serfdom: "Servitude is an institution of the jus gentium, by which, contrary to nature, one person is subjected to the dominion of another" (Henry de Bracton, De legibus et consuetudinibus Angliae, book 1, chapter 6; edition of London 1640, f.
If the day an English aristocrat flogs a pauper with a cat-o'-nine-tails is the day the English aristocracy's privileges came to an end, as Macaulay once wrote, then the day a common-law judge allowed a return to villeinage was the day the common law came to an end as well.
40) In medieval England, villeinage was not only a personal status, but also a tenure.
In contrast, Elazar associates rule justified by an act of conquest with hierarchy, command, and control; organic authority, which, for example, emerges from kinship, villeinage, and patronage, produces governing institutions of the center-periphery type.