Hide: about 100-200 acres, but varied considerably. Originally, land sufficient to support one family.
Plow-Tillage: about 120 acres, the work of a household and team of eight oxen.
Demesne - Land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use (pronounced 'de mean').
Villein - A feudal tenant subject to a lord, to whom he paid dues and service in return for land.
Radchenistri: free tenants, held their land by service on horse-back, not necessarily of a military character, but rather as a kind of honour to their superior, though no doubt they would have been required to render protection if it was needed. (Return to top)