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Filstingpound or fulstingpound was an occasional duty paid by villeins in medieval England to the manor.[1] It is thought by historians to be an insurance against corporal punishment or excessive fines. Its etymology appears to be a compound of the obsolete English word "filsting", which means help or aid; and "pound", in the sense of being struck. The duty was typically annual and received on All Hallows' Day. It was usually £1 paid by the vill or 1 s. by the individual villein. It was a relatively advanced insurance scheme for the High Middle Ages.[2]

See also

These were also customary duties paid to the lord of the manor:


  1. ^ Gies, Joseph (2014). Life in a Medieval Village. United States: Harper Perennial. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-06-241566-0.
  2. ^ Neilson, N. (July 1929). "English Manorial Forms". The American Historical Review. Oxford University Press. p. 735.

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