This term was translated into the Latin of English law as capitale mesuagium = a chief *messuage. It was a broad term which referred to the hall or home of a *thegn; certainly, someone of higher status than his neighbours. It was used also of an ancestral home. In time, as English and Norman usage blended, this term was replaced by *manor. [OldEngl. heafod = head, chief + botl = building, place] -
Cf. Caput honoris

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  • héafodbotl — n ( es/ ) ancestral seat …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • Caput honoris — Lit. head of the honour . The main seat, or head, of the *honour of a lord holding several manors, on which there would have been many fiefs. It was the administrative centre of a widely distributed honour. When first used this term referred to… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Manor — An estate comprising the lord s *demesne (including the land of his dependent peasantry) and other tenements let out for rents and services. [< Lat. manerium, OldFr. maneir] Cf. Manorial court; Caput honoris; Heafodbotl …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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