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Naifty:
The state of being born in bondage or serfdom.
   (Bennett, H.S. Life on the English Manor: A Study of Peasant Conditions, 1150-1400, 338)


Nail-Head:
12th century ornament like a small pyramid.
   (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 413)


National Monarchy:
A form of government that arose in the thirteenth century in western Europe; a king and his bureaucracy gained effective control over the loyalty and taxes of their subjects, often at the expense of the church; the most successful medieval national monarchies were those of England and France.
   (Lynch, Joseph H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History, 363)


Nativi:
Persons of servile birth.
   (Bennett, H.S. Life on the English Manor: A Study of Peasant Conditions, 1150-1400, 338)


Ne Admittas:
Writ prohibiting a bishop from admitting a candidate to a benefice which was the subject of litigation in the king's court.
   (Heath, Peter. Church and Realm, 1272-1461, 364)

Related terms: Quare Non Admisit / Quare Impedit


Net-Vault:
A vault made up of intersecting ribs like a net.
   (Martindale, Andrew. Gothic Art, 269)


Newel:
Central pillar round which wind the steps of a circular (newel or turnpike) staircase or vice, made up of the rounded projection of each step; also the principal post at the angles of a dog-legged or wall staircase, into which the handrail is framed.
   (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 413)

Related terms: Vice


Noble:
Principal gold coin of English currency, worth 6s 8d.
   (Seward, Desmond. Henry V: The Scourge of God, 223)


Nomocanon:
A legal compilation combining secular and Church law for the use of Church courts. The secular items tended to focus on matters coming before Church courts, like marriage, inheritance, etc. Long used in Byzantium, the Nomocanon appeared in Serbian and Bulgarian editions - based on Byzantine texts - in the thirteenth century.
   (Fine, John V.A. Jr. The Late Medieval Balkans, 624)


Notch:
V-shaped indentation in an edge or across a surface.
   (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 413)


Novale:
Tithe on newly assarted land.
   (Duby, Georges. Rural Economy and Country Life in the Medieval West, 555)


Novel Disseisin:
Action concerning "recent dispossession" of land unjustly and without judgement.
   (Sayles, George O. The King's Parliament of England, 145)

Related terms: Assize / Disseisin / Mort d'Ancestor / Seisin


Nun:
Woman dedicated to the religious life usually a member of a religious order.
   (MEDIEV-L. Medieval Terms)

Related terms: Monk



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