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Old 09-25-2017, 08:58 PM   #12
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Default Re: historically becoming landed as a small fry

Originally Posted by hal View Post
As mentioned above, "Farming" or the rent of land from a lord, meant that the "Free" didn't have the rights to land like the unfree did.
That did depend on the time and place. Sometimes it was pretty easy for the landlord to evict renters. At other times it was next to impossible, sometimes even if they didn't pay their rents for extended periods.

Also, there were people who paid rents, but who weren't entirely free to leave the land. These situations and others could result in extended legal battles over whether someone was free or not, and sometimes they'd be counted as free for some purposes and unfree for others.
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