Re: Adam the Yeoman md. Mary the Noble Lady
Posted by: Felix Unger Date: November 13, 2000 at 21:38:45
In Reply to: Adam the Yeoman md. Mary the Noble Lady by Felix Unger of 434
A better definition of “yeoman”
In 1086, William the Conqueror took his final Domesday Book Census of England, enumerating heads of households, tools, livestock and weapons.
Yeomen were defined as free men who owned property and owed allegiance to the King, but were above serfs and laborers. They held other men as share croppers and tenants to their property and were just below the landed gentry, who were in turn just below nobility and royalty in social status. Many of the yeomen held positions of authority in the community, such as sheriff and educated staff in the service to a local lord, but still they were free men.
* Re: Adam the Yeoman md. Mary the Noble Lady Janice Parker 2/02/04
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