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n.1.(Feudal Law) Villanage.
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The practice of slavery was relatively new in the new world, but there were other forms of involuntary servitude that had a history in Europe called villenage, which was inheritable from generation to generation and characterized by servile conditions.
53) Even so, Massachusetts Bay leaders demonstrated that they were ultimately dissatisfied with the use of slavery in criminal justice when they enacted the Body of Liberties in 1641, declaring that "there shall never be any bond-slavery, villenage or captivitie amongst us.
These authors consistently drew on a range of images, from villenage to serfdom and feudalism, that represented economic systems of dependence.