Sentence Examples with the word Socmen

Villeins are opposed to socmen and freemen on one hand, to bordarii, cottagers and slaves on the other.

If, however, the two conditions mentioned were forthcoming, villeins, or, as they were technically called, villein socmen of ancient demesne manors, could resist any attempt of their lords to encroach on their rights by depriving them of their holdings or increasing the amount of their customary services.