Medieval History Term of the Week: Tenement

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Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin tenere to hold

A tenure; an interest in land which may be either “free” or “unfree” according to the services which the tenant is obliged to render in return for it. (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law, 258)

*term definition retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (

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