Definition of lord of the manor in English:

lord of the manor

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  • The owner of a manor house (formerly the master of a feudal manor)

    • ‘This was a tax paid to the lord of the manor when an animal had been sold by its owner.’
    • ‘This reliance on the local lord of the manor was all part of the feudal system introduced by William the Conqueror.’
    • ‘Yet manorial extents from the 1200s onwards often indicate considerable changes in the area of the lord of the manor's demesne and its management.’
    • ‘In medieval Europe, everyone from the lord of the manor to the village locals had a say in deciding who should wed.’
    • ‘By the Statute of Merton the lord of the manor or other owner of a village was allowed to enclose waste land for his own use only if he left adequate pasture for the villagers.’
    • ‘So, the peasants paid taxes to the king, taxes to the church, taxes and dues to the lord of the manor, as well as numerous indirect taxes on wine, salt, and bread.’
    • ‘For instance, the lords of the manor were learning to make better use of their serfs.’
    • ‘In feudal times the serfs had to rely on the beneficence of the lord of the manor.’
    • ‘The poll tax was withdrawn but the peasants were forced back into their old way of life - under the control of the lord of the manor.’
    • ‘After the Norman Conquest the system of feudal landholding required the lord of the manor to provide a court for his tenants.’
    noble, nobleman, peer, aristocrat, patrician, grandee
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