Medieval history term of the week: Burgess


The holder of land or house within a borough.

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From The Golden Legend: St. Thomas Becket

S. Thomas the martyr was son to Gilbert Beckett, a burgess of the city of London, and was born in the place where as now standeth the church called S. Thomas of Acre. And this Gilbert was a good devout man, and took the cross upon him, and went on pilgrimage into the Holy Land, and had a servant with his knees.

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