One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lord holding an estate from a superior feudal lord.
- ‘All lands were deemed to be held by the subject either from his mesne lord, or from the king as lord paramount.’
- ‘It was probably at this time that Oystermouth was granted to William London, the mesne lord of Ogmore in Glamorgan.’
- ‘Skipton was given to Robert de Romille, the mesne lord of de Lacy, and there he built his castle.’
- ‘The feudal system created a bond between the king and a tenant-in-chief, between the latter and a mesne lord or between a mesne lord and a vassal.’
- ‘Actions against mesne lords are very common in the final concords of the thirteenth century. (fn. 10)’
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