Nomina Villarum

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Nomina Villarum was a survey carried out in 1316 and contains a list of all cities, boroughs and townships in England and the Lords of them. The document was compiled for King Edward II. The survey was a feudal aid, a payment which by tradition the king could demand from his tenants to finance the knighting of his eldest son or the marriage of his eldest daughter and was in effect, a taxation on land.

The name of the document is mediaeval Latin for "Names of towns" — villa, originally meaning a country house, later developed the meaning "town" or "small city".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Souter, A Glossary of Later Latin. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1949.