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In 1581 it interferes to protect a copyholder who has been kept out of his holding by the Dean and Chapter of Peterborough.
Most former electors and every leaseholder and every copyholder were now excluded.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
A copyholder without legal remedy may seem little better than a tenant in mere villenage, except in name.
For it is the destruction of the inheritance and against the nature of a copyholder for life.
So after a while instead of "villein" he became a "copyholder."