Serfdom

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Serfdomwas the status of manypeasantsunderfeudalism, specifically relating tomanorialism, and similar systems. It was a condition ofdebt bondageandindentured servitudewith similarities to and differences fromslavery, which developed during theLate AntiquityandEarly Middle Agesin Europe and lasted in some countries until the mid-19th century.

Unlikeslaves, serfs could not be bought, sold, or traded individually though they could, depending on the area, be sold together with land. Thekholopsin Russia andvilleinsin grossin England, in contrast, could be traded like regular slaves, could be abused with no rights over their own bodies, could not leave the land they were bound to, and could marry only with theirlord‘s permission. Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for thelord of the manorwho owned that land. In return…

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