From the serfs
of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns.
The old man of Torn attended to the training of serf
and squire in the art of war, for it was ever necessary to fill the gaps made in the companies, due to their constant encounters upon the highroad and their battles at the taking of some feudal castle; in which they did not always come off unscathed, though usually victorious.
The serf was about to reply, when the clear ringing call of a bugle burst from the wood close behind them, and Alleyne caught sight for an instant of the dun side and white breast of a lordly stag glancing swiftly betwixt the distant tree trunks.
Alleyne doffed hat and bowed head at the sight of him, but the serf folded his hands and leaned them upon his cudgel, looking with little love at the knot of nobles and knights-in-waiting who rode behind the king.
One only lingered, the black-browed Baron Brocas, who, making a gambade which brought him within arm-sweep of the serf, slashed him across the face with his riding-whip.
I would rather wed a branded serf from my father's fields.
I had a serf, Filka; just after his burial I called out forgetting
I am well dressed and reckoned not a poor man; the emancipation of the serfs hasn't affected me; my property consists chiefly of forests and water meadows.
I dismissed my three serfs
with a wave of the hand, and went up the beach into the thickets.
Excuse me," Sergey Ivanovitch interposed with a smile, "self-interest did not induce us to work for the emancipation of the serfs, but we did work for it.
Konstantin Levin broke in with still greater heat; "the emancipation of the serfs was a different matter.
In the entire Kashmir, the business community has suffered a massive loss of over ` 1,00,000 crore, said a member of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a part of the SERF