A fine or composition which the heir of a deceased tenant paid to the lord for the privilege of taking up the estate, which, on strict feudal principles, had lapsed or fallen to the lord on the death of the tenant.
relevium] The fee paid by the heir of a deceased person on securing possession of a fief. Tradition determines the amount demanded. (MEDIEV-L. Medieval Terms) A fine paid by the heir of a vassal to the lord for the privilege of succeeding to an estate. (Gies, Joseph and Francis. Life in a Medieval Castle, 231) Payment due to a manorial lord upon inheritance. (Bennett, Judith M. Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 234) Payment to king or feudal lord on succession to property. (Sayles, George O. The King's Parliament of England, 145) Note: from relevare (Latin), to take up