Such redemption was considered a special mark of tenure in villeinage.
In England it subsisted for some ages under the name of villeinage.
The king or the prince who is enslaved by his conscience oweth the duties of villeinage to the worst and hardest of masters.
The total abolition of all villeinage (forced labour) and serfdom.
A plea had been set up that villeinage had never been abolished by law in England; ergo, the possession of slaves was not illegal.
In Scotland they had just been emancipated from the status of villeinage.
For one thing, the poll-tax was stopped, and the end of villeinage was hastened.
But when villeinage ceased, various and opposite courses seemed to have been pursued in different boroughs.
Meanwhile, one great portion of our villeinage in our larger towns we have much mitigated.
The ceorls tended to sink to the position known later as villeinage.