Medieval Glossary: Danegeld

Danegeld Tribute paid to the Danes (Dane Gold). *term retrieved from Netserf Medieval Glossary  From the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: AD 1050. The same year King Edward abolished the Danegeld which King Ethelred imposed.  That was in the thirty-ninth year after it had begun.  That tribute harassed all the people of England so long as is above written; Read more about Medieval Glossary: Danegeld[…]

Medieval history term of the week: Mainmorte

Mainmorte Mortmain. The lord’s right to a share of his men’s personal estate after death. (Duby, Georges. Rural Economy and Country Life in the Medieval West, 555) *term retrieved from Netserf Medieval Glossary  From the Statute of Quia Emptores, 1290, on the buying and selling of land And if he shall have sold to anyone Read more about Medieval history term of the week: Mainmorte[…]

Medieval History Term of the Week: Minster

Minster In modern usage, a community of *secular clergy, with extensive parochial rights; these were being eroded from the 10c by the foundation of single-priest churches on individual manors, the latter forming the basis for the later system of parishes. Consequently, many minsters disappeared, though their former presence can be detected in place names ending Read more about Medieval History Term of the Week: Minster[…]

Medieval History Term of the Week: Croft

Croft A smallholding or piece of land with a house. – Cf. Toft and croft From Alwalton Manor, 1279 (Medieval Sourcebook): Cottars. Henry, son of the miller, holds a cottage with a croft which contains 1 rood, paying thence yearly to the said abbot 2s. Likewise he works for 3 days in carrying hay and in other Read more about Medieval History Term of the Week: Croft[…]