By French feudal law, the villein had no appeal from his lord save to God (Pierre de Fontaines, Conseil, ch.
By the common law, if a villein were made a knight he was thereby enfranchised and accounted a gentleman, and if a person under age and in wardship were knighted both his minority and wardship terminated.
villein tenants of the manor, some with considerable holdings.
In fact, the villein is assumed to be a person free by birth, but holding land of which he cannot dispose freely.
The most important of villein services is the week-work performed by the peasantry.