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droit de seigneur

In feudalism, a lord's right to have sexual intercourse with one of his serf's brides on her wedding night. This French phrase means the "right of the lord" in English. As the lord of the manor, I can exercise my droit de seigneur on her wedding night.
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droit de seigneur

The supposed right of a nobleman to deflower the bride of any of his serfs on their wedding night. The phrase, which translates as “the lord's right” was also known as “the law / right of the first night.” Despite its widespread appearance in popular culture, reports of the “right” having been exercised are very rare. It was more a representation for or a warning about the power that a feudal lord could exert over his tenants. Mozart's opera, The Marriage of Figaro, involves Count Almaviva's efforts to exercise his right with Figaro's bride, Susanna. The phrase survives as a seldom-used metaphor for unlimited authority over another, such as a boss over an employee, notwithstanding the gender of either party.
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Libre Seigneur amoureux, gracieux, plein de misericorde et de remerciement
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Ce faisant, il conteste la vision traditionnelle et idyllique de l'institution--celle du << bon seigneur paternel entretenant des relations cordiales avec les censitaires >> (26)--, vision inspiree en grande partie par deux oeuvres maintes fois reeditees de Philippe Aubert de Gaspe (1786-1871), seigneur de Port-Joly: ses Memoires et Les Anciens Canadiens.
Ces derniers ont alors la possibilite de proceder a la commutation de leur terre, c'est-a-dire au << rachat >> du capital (34) de leur rente afin de se decharger definitivement des paiements annuels au seigneur.
Devenez seigneur, empereur, Louis XIV, duce, fE-hrer, archange ou charlatan.
Nous allons nous emerveiller devant l'oeuvre du Seigneur, au travers d'un temoignage, au travers de la louange, de la predication de la Parole de Dieu, du repas du Seigneur, la communion fraternelle.
The first is that seigneurs designated the village councilors.
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Another 28 seats were determined by popular vote, and the seigneur got a seat, too.
In Tbilisi I know of two examples of young women being kidnapped by men who, having forced them to have sex, then invoke a form of droit de seigneur and approach the parents to formalise a kind of marriage.
According to the system, the seigneur and the habitant each had specific duties.
Le texte n' a done ete etudie que comme la source de Belle du Seigneur, alors qu'il se construit a son tour, on l' a dit, sur une source filmique dont il tire une partie de son sens litteraire et avec laquelle il me semble indispensable de le confronter.
In the first several chapters, Abecassis examines Cohen's attempt to balance these dissonant voices in Solal (1930), Mangeclous (1938), and Belle du Seigneur (1968) in which the Jewish author creates stories that draw on the biblical figures of Joseph and Esther and their narratives of in-betweenness and masquerade.
Luteran (French and Spanish, Hutchinson Community College) examines the translation of the Amadis de Gaule (1548) of Nicholas de Herberay, seigneur des Essarts against its source text, the Amadis de Gaula (1499) of Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo.
They am ours not by birth, but literally by courtesy, and they provide a line of defense for us commoners who prefer not to allow random dukes, earls, or telephone solicitors to assert droit du seigneur with our first names.