Lords, Food-Renders, and Peasants

T. M. Charles-Edwards

in Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780198217312
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744778 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Lords, Food-Renders, and Peasants

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This chapter is concerned with the economic relationship between peasants and the elite. This was based on the payment of fixed annual food‐renders. The nature of these renders is discussed and reasons given why their structure, as shown by the Llancarfan charters, was of considerable antiquity. The laws, from North Wales as well as the South, show that a similar regime of food‐renders still obtained in the twelfth century. This conclusion may mitigate one difficulty, namely that most of the charters belong to south‐eastern Wales. Once the charters and the laws are put together, they reveal much of Welsh social organization over a very long period.

Keywords: food‐renders; peasants and their lords; major churches and their estates

Chapter.  10779 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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