manorialism

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Related to Seignorialism: Dark Ages, Manorialism, manorial

manorialism

(məˈnɔːrɪəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Historical Terms) the economic and social structure of medieval Europe which rendered peasants dependent on both their lord and their land

manorialism

1. the system of manorial social and political organization, as in the Middle Ages.
2. its principles and practices.
3. Sometimes Pejorative. any small, strong unit of local political and social organization.
See also: Society
1. the system of manorial social and political organization, as in the Middle Ages.
2. Sometimes Pejorative. any small, strong unit of local political and social organization.
See also: Government
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75) Confino, Systemes agraires; Hoch, Serfdom and Social Control; Melton, "Enlightened Seignorialism.
In England, King Alfred (reigned 871-899) decreed that every man should have a lord, and throughout medieval Western Europe seignorialism was the norm.