Censarius

A rent-paying tenant who was not obliged to perform week-work but could be called upon for *boon work. He might be obliged to do some mowing or lend his plough. A money rent was known as censaria. In the early 12c, rent could be 1s 6d per *bovata. [< Lat. censura = assess < census = tax, payment]

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  • Boon work — Extra work done by villeins for the *lord of the *manor e.g. at harvest and haymaking. The Latin word was *precarium. The days on which such work was done were known as boon days ; the lord would provide food, of a type fixed by custom. Meat,… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Cense — Income or tax paid to a lord by his tenants. An early 19c edition of *DB was entitled Libri Censualis by its editors. The censor was the magistrate in charge of the census, a list of those who paid tax. [< Lat. censeo = to assess (for tax)] Cf …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Cervisarius — Tenant of land who paid for that land by supplying beer to his lord. The Latin word was also used to indicate a brewer. Cervisia was used of an ale feast, also of *boon work at which ale was provided. [< Lat. cervisia = a kind of beer] Cf.… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Mellitarius — Latin term for atenant who proffered honey to his lord in payment for his land. [< Lat. mel = honey] Cf. Alveary; Censarius; Cervisarius …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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