The serfdom (also Patrimonialhierarchie or manorial ) was a special form of economic and personal dependence of peasants from landlords similar to Serfdom and found after centuries of conflicts and uprisings of peasants a legally sound end after the revolution in 1848 with the abolition of serfdom .
The subjection to inheritance did not mean any private property right over people in the manner of slavery or the strict form of serfdom , as it is e.g. B. prevailed in Russia until 1861. The patrimonial hierarchy was based on the public-law sovereignty of the landlord over the subjects with special legal development in the Frais , a border region between Bavaria and Bohemia , and was spread in East Germany since around 1709 , mainly in Prussia under the name Lasswirtschaft . It replaced serfdom, which had hitherto been very strictly and arbitrarily exercised there, and was relaxed in the course of the Prussian reforms .
Characteristics of which were Adscription work requirement (glebae adscriptio) and Frondienste , household forced for the members and characteristics of literacy . To compensate for this, there was a certain protection for the destitute heir in the event of old age, illness and funeral care with entries in the church registers for birth, marriage and death. For the first time, under inheritance in times of peace, the landlord made it difficult for the landlord to lay peasants for personal use.