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could be poultry or animals paid by a vassal
to a superior as part of a feu-duty,
but was more often poultry, eggs, butter and
such things (even goose-feathers) paid by
a tenant to a landlord as rent
were highly unusual. They held their
tenancies for a low or "favourable"
rent (which included paying no rent at all),
and it seems that, unlike normal tenants, it
was understood that they could be succeeded
in their holdings by their heirs. They were
also called "rentallers".
was a sequel;
it was a quantity of grain due to the servants
of a mill (who did the actual milling) by those
who were bound to have their corn ground at
that mill, but like all these sequels it varied
according to the particular custom of the mill;
and gowpen, sucken,