Origin of ceorl
before 1000; this form borrowed (17th century) < Old English
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The Teutonic race had a myth which explained the origin of the classes eorl, ceorl and thrall (earl, churl and slave).Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
Ceorl, churl, n. before the Norman Conquest an ordinary freeman not of noble birth.
The Eorl was hereditarily distinguished by birth, and the Ceorl was a simple freeman without any such distinction.
How the difference arose we do not know, but we do know that the Eorl had privileges which the Ceorl had not.
War, in short, which was an unwelcome accident to the Ceorl, was the business of life to the Gesith.
- a freeman of the lowest class in Anglo-Saxon England
Old English; see churl
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