merchet

Word Origin for merchet

C13: from Anglo-French, literally: market
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Examples from the Web for merchet

Historical Examples of merchet

  • 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