Medieval History Term of the Week: Vavasour

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[vav-uh-sawr, -sohr]

: a feudal tenant ranking directly below a baron

*see the Regestum of Phillip II Augustus for use of the term

*also, the term is found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales¬†under The Franklin’s Portrait:

356: Ful ofte tyme he was knyght of the shire.

357: An anlaas and a gipser al of silk

358: Heeng at his girdel, whit as morne milk.

359: A shirreve hadde he been, and a contour.

360: Was nowher swich a worthy vavasour.

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