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prendeur m (plural prendeurs)

  1. A laborer working as part of an early Middle Age share cropping system known as complant - a precursor to the métayage system. Under this system, the prendeur would cultivate land owned by a bailleur. In exchange for using the bailleur's soil, the prendeur promised a share of the crop or its revenue. The length of this partnership varied and sometimes would extend over generations.


  • Hugh Johnson, Vintage: The Story of Wine pg 116. Simon and Schuster 1989.

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