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 that place within an honour which was considered the most important, such as a monastery which a lord had founded. The fitz-Walters, for example, who possessed Baynard's Castle in London, did not use it as their caput honoris, even though tenants paid for the castle guards. Instead the caput was at Little Dunmow.

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  • Honour — A group of manors or fiefs held by one lord; a lordship. The honour had its own court at the lord s *caput honoris. *LHP makes it clear that a tenant would have to go to his lord s caput from wherever he held land, even if in another *county. The …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Barton — 1) The threshing floor in a barn. [< OldEngl. bere = barley + ton = an enclosure] Cf. Barton2 2) A *demesne farm, i.e. one reserved for the lord s own use. Barton is still found in many placenames. [< OldEngl. bere = barley + ton = an… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Demesne — Property owned freely; land held for the lord s own use rather than let or leased. This land would have been worked for the lord by his serfs, occupying between a fifth and a third of the land available. It was likely that this *manor was the… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Heafodbotl — 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… …   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

  • Neudd — Long, wooden hall which served on the *demesne of a Welsh prince as did the *manor or *caput honoris in England …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Receiver — Modern term for the chief administrators of the estates of the 13c and 14c magnates and later. A receiver would be based at the *caput honoris from which all other manors were administered; he might have a *steward as his immediate junior, below… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Valor — Lit. value . In the 14c, particularly after the *Black Death, the lords of large honours began to have estimates drawn up of just how much ought to be produced yearly by a *manor. It was an annual means of checking that there was no theft or… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • CAPITE multa testabantur Veteres — Allidebant in luctu. Victorinus de Augusto, post cladem Varianam. In tantum per doluti, ut cerebri variô incussu parietem pulsaret, veste, capillôque et reliquis lugentium indictis deformis. Livius l. 25. c. 27. Postquam Asdrubalem Gisgonis… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Liste de locutions latines — Cet article contient une liste de locutions latines présentée par ordre alphabétique. Pour des explications morphologiques et linguistiques générales, consulter l article : Expression latine. Sommaire  A   B … …   Wikipédia en Français

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