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merchet

/ˈmɜːtʃɪt/
noun
1.
(in feudal England) a fine paid by a tenant, esp a villein, to his lord for allowing the marriage of his daughter
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French, literally: market
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  • The corresponding fines for girls were merchet if they married off the manor and leyrwite if they dispensed with that ceremony.

  • We often come across such base customs as the payment of merchet in connexion with the 'villain socmen' of ancient demesne.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • merchet was the most striking consequence of unfreedom, but manorial documents are wont to connect it with several others.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • merchet is especially interesting as illustrating the fusion of different duties into one.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • I have said already that the succession of the youngest son appears with merchet, reeveship, etc., as a servile custom.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • Socmen were like "liber tenentes" frequently liable to "merchet, heriot and tallage."

  • He laboured under many disabilities, such as the merchet or fine for marrying his daughter, and fines for selling horse or ox.

  • To tenure, merchet, being a personal payment, should have no relation whatever.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • In the first place this merchet fine occurs in the extents sporadically as it were.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff

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