Molmen, though treated as villains by Royal courts, are already recognised as more 'free' than the villains by manorial juries.
The manorial authorities cannot bargain with the tenants one by one.
But the day is at hand when almost every village will have its court, its manorial court.
Their chief is their elected chief, not their manorial lord.
But in the feudal period the right place to hold the court was the manorial hall.
Furthermore, it is quite clear that this manorial lord will not own a village.
Widows of manorial tenants were guaranteed by law one-third of family real property, despite creditors.
Of these the most important were the perquisites of the manorial courts.
The manorial life lay at the base of the stability which marked the medival period.
The study of manorial evidence must start from a discussion as to terminology.
late 13c., "mansion, habitation, country residence, principal house of an estate," from Anglo-French maner, Old French manoir "abode, home, dwelling place; manor" (12c.), noun use of maneir "to dwell," from Latin manere "to stay, abide," from PIE root *men- "to remain" (see mansion). As a unit of territorial division in Britain and some American colonies (usually "land held in demesne by a lord, with tenants") it is attested from 1530s.