• Medieval Era
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By Crusader1307

Relative to a Cotter, A Bordar was the French ''version'' of a Person ''lower'' than a Serf (or Cotter). They lived and worked on Lands owned by Noblemen – in structures known as ''Cottages''. The term can also be traced to The ''Domesday Book'' of 1086 AD. A Bordar Cottage and His small plot of farming land barely ''fed'' His family. The Bordar worked larger land plots held in Communal Farms. Unlike The Cotter (who may or may not own his small Plot), The Bordar was given the land often without the need to pay rent (His work was seen to suffice). Bordars could not own Plough Horses or Oxen – even the very implements needed to work a farm (shave perhaps a Spade). This was to discourage The Bordar from seeking ''self-employment''. The ''Domesday Book'' of the 11th Century cites 30% of a (then) population was in Bordar status. Bordars (as were other related Classes), were abolished by The Erection of Cottages Act of 1588.