Andrew of Eaton

Andrew was born in Eaton in 1337, he has no trade and works as a farm labour 6 days a week. He has no land only a small strip of garden to grow fruit and vegetables, and possibly a pig or chickens if he had plenty of work and a good harvestoff his garden. On a Sunday his only day off he would attend church then archery practice at the butts, this was law for every male. This suited Andrew as he is a very fine archer and wanted to leave the manor to become an archer in France. If he could get away for a year and a day he would become a freeman.

Villain was a term used in the feudal era to denote a peasant (tenant farmer) who was legally tied to a lord of the manor. Villains occupied the social space between freeman and a slave. The majority of medieval European peasants were villains. An alternative term is serf, from the Latin ‘servus’, meaning "slave".

Villeins generally rented small homes, with or without land. As part of the contract with their landlord, they were expected to use some of their time to farm the lord's lands or provide other services, possibly in addition to a rent of money or goods. Villeins might also be required to pay a fine if their daughters married someone from outside their own manor, the inheritance of a holding by a son, or other circumstances. Villeins were tied to the land and could not move away without their lord's consent

Villeinage became progressively less common through the Middle Ages, particularly after the Black Death reduced the rural population and increased the bargaining power of workers. Furthermore, the lords of many manors were willing to take payment from their villeins. It had largely died out in England by 1500

A villain was thus a bonded tenant, so could not leave the land without the landowner's consent the term derives from Late Latin villanus, meaning a man employed at a Roman villa or large agricultural estate. The system of tied serfdom originates from a decree issued by the late Roman Emperor Diocletian (ruled 284–305) in an attempt to prevent the flight of peasants from the land and the consequent decline in food production. The decree obliged peasants to register in their locality and never leave it. Because of the low status, the term became derogatory. In modern French vilain means "ugly" or "naughty" and in Italian, Villano means "rude" or "ill-mannered". In modern English villain means a scoundrel, criminal or a lawless member of society