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  • Thus from a document of uncertain date, possibly about the time of Alfred the Great, and translated by Stubbs (Select Charters) as "Of people's ranks and laws," we learn:--"And if a ceorl throve, so that he had fully five hides of his own land, church and kitchen, bellhouse and burh-gate-seat, and special duty in the king's hall, then was he thenceforth of thegn-right worthy."
  • The thegn was inferior to the aethel, the member of a kingly family, but he was superior to the ceorl, and, says C:_adwick,"from the time of Aethelstan the distinction between thegn and ceorl was the broad line of demarcation between the classes of society."
  • Already in ZEthelberht's legislation we find characteristic fines inflicted for breach of the peace of householders of different ranks - the ceorl, the eorl, and the king himself appearing as the most exalted among them.
  • Ceorl, cognate with the Ger.
  • Kerl and with similar words in other Teutonic languages), one of the two main classes, eorl and ceorl, into which in early Anglo-Saxon society the freemen appear to have been divided.

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