Glossary

Bailiff
A bailiff is an individual (usually a man, and usually a noble) who man- ages a manor for the absent owner. In Asolade Hundred, the bailiffs
act as manages for the constable at Jedes and, in theory, defer to him. Bailiffs pay a greater proportion of the income from the manor to the constable than do fiefholders. As a consequence, they are not as wealthy.

Bailiff of the hundred
A noble who acts as the representa- tive of Royal Justice within a hun- dred; the Hundred Bailiff is a salaried Royal Official. He (it is usually he) dispenses the lowest level of Royal Justice and is charged with keeping the King’s Peace.

Beadle
The village Beadle is a yeoman who, as part of his feudal obligations, acts as ‘law man’ for a settlement.
He polices the settlement and can levy fines. Beadles are expected to intervene if there is any trouble. If the trouble is serious, they are likely to raise a ‘hue and cry.’ Gathering other villagers to help and bear witness.

Constable
Like a bailiff, a constable is a man- ager for an absent owner. A constable, however, administers a keep and a large number of manors. In terms of land under his control, a constable
is the equivalent of a baron. Unlike barons, however, constables are ap- pointed (and can be dismissed) by their employer, usually an earl.

Ebasethe
A priest, or priestess of Peoni, the kindest and most gentle of the gods. Among her many titles, Peoni is the Guardian of the Meek, Lady of Industrious Labours and the Ripe Harvest, and Lady of Truth.

Fiefholder
A noble who holds a manor from
a liege lord. In Asolade Hundred all of the landholding clans hold their fiefs from Sir Troda Dariune, Earl of Balim and Exchequer Royal through his local representative, the constable of Jedes.

Guildsman
A member of one of the many Hârnic guilds. Guildsmen are the experts in their particular field. They are also the only ones legally entitled to practice their profession.

Hundred
Shires (see below) are sub-divided into a number of smaller administra- tive areas called hundreds, adminis- tered by a Bailiff of the Hundred, an official responsible for law and taxes within the hundred and answerable to the local sheriff.

Matakea
A priest, or priestess, of Larani:
the benevolent goddess of chivalry and battle and the relucnant warrior. Some noble households keep a Chaplain, a ‘personal’ Matakea to look after the spiritual needs of their household. This is especially common in areas (like Asolade Hundred) where there are few, if any, temples to the Goddess.

Promissory Note
A form of bill of exchange currently in widespread use throughout Hârn. There are two types of promissory notes; a ‘bearer’s note’ and a ‘per- sonal note.’ A ‘bearer’s note’ can be cashed by anyone in possession of it; whereas a ‘personal note’ may only be cashed by the person named or his legally appointed representative.

Shire
A shire is a judicial division of the kingdom. Unrelated to feudal subin- feudination, most barons and earls find that their lands fall under the jurisdiction of several sheriffs. Sheriffs are royal officials, appointed by the king. They are responsible for royal justice, and the collection of taxes within their shire.

Taburi
A slender dagger, usually without a hilt, designed for throwing.

villein/half villein/cottar
A tenant of the local Lord. These people are tied to the land. They farm their land in exchange for labour given to their liege lord. The designa- tion depends upon the amount of land farmed.

Villeins hold the most land, over twenty acres; cottars the least, five acres or less. They may not leave their land, or even marry, without the permission of their lord. However, they work his fields and are a valued asset. They are entitled to their lord’s protection, and usually receive it.

Yeoman
A free man (or woman) entitled to bear arms and trained to fight. A yeoman is a farmer who provides military service in exchange for his land.

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