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Name Term description
Name Ranking of creditors Term description

A system of deciding impartially which creditors should have prior claim on a debtor's estate; this was why it was so important to a wife to have an antenuptial marriage contract making provision for her and her children because thisĀ entitled themĀ to be 'ranked' among any creditors on her husband's estate if he fell into debt.

Name Relict Term description

A widow

Name Resignation Term description

This occurred when a vassal gave up his estate to the superior, either permanently or 'in favorem', i.e. where the intention was that the superior should make a new grant in favour of another, usually a purchaser from the person resigning the land.

Name Rests Term description


Name Retours Term description

See Services of Heirs.