How they lived in the times of the Normans.
Barons, knights and abbots were the lords of the manor.
They kept some land for themselves and gave the rest to the villeins (or peasants).
Every villein also did homage to his lord.
This means that he promised to be his man and to obey the customs of the manor.
He also promised in return for some land, to work on the lord’s land and to give him various things.
villein, was a term used in the feudal era to denote a peasant (tenant farmer) who was legally tied to a lord of the manor
The feudal system