- Lit. 'a housed slave'. A slave with a cottage might even have a piece of land. Though not a free man, this slave was bound to his lord as any other tenant or *villein was. His status as slave was the added burden, one which the church sought to eliminate. Within a short time after the Conquest (1066) slavery had effectively disappeared from England with the blurring of distinction between *serf, *villein and slave dissolving. -Cf. Servus
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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Servus — Latin word used in *DB and elsewhere for a *slave. In documents which recorded numbers of slaves, servus was used of the male slave, while *ancilla was used of the female. Cf. Servus casatus … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases