- A group of men who were not slaves but were not wholly free, ranking below the free *villein; known also as quolibertus. They were found in Wessex as reported in *DB; their rare occurrence elsewhere indicates only that other commissioners - for whatever reason - did not report them. -Cf. Culvertage
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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colibertus — /kowbbsrtss/ In feudal law, one who, holding in free socage, was obliged to do certain services for the lord. A middle class of tenants between servile and free, who held their freedom of tenure on condition of performing certain services. Said… … Black's law dictionary
colibertus — A tenant in free socage who was nevertheless under a duty of rendering some service to the lord … Ballentine's law dictionary
Culvertage — The demotion or abasement to the status of a freed *serf. [< OldFr.. culvert = villein] Cf. Colibertus; Nithing … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases