Reference Entry

Villain

Edited by Susie Dent

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Edition 19

Published by Chambers Harrap Publishers

Published in print January 2012 |
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199990009

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Originally the unfree peasant of feudal times was called a villein. He was bound to the manor and owed service

Reference Entry.  154 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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