Denmark: Drudgery

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Drudgery was a contribution in the form of workdays that a copyholder was required to perform on or for the estate to which his farm belonged. There were different types:

  • Team days, where the copyholder came with horses and wagon.
  • Plow days, where it required plow and a team.
  • Walk days, where it was sufficient that a person showed up for work. It could also be a hired hand from the copyholder farm.
  • Ægthaulage, required haulage that often was rotational among the copyholders and was dependent on local transport requirements. Ægthaulage could also be required by the king, and then referred to as fadebursægter.

Originally it was determined what the requirements were, but during the 17th century and the 18th century it became more situational and extra days were added, so consequently it adversely affected the work on the copyholder farms.

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