Historical Types of Fee Simple Estates:

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great fee – historically, in feudal law, a fee received directly from the Crown.

knight’s fee – historically, the amount of land that gave rise to the obligation of knight service.

lay fee – a fee interest in land held by ordinary feudal tenure, generally for use in agricultural labor, and not for religious purposes

plowman’s fee – a species of tenure for peasants or small farmers by which the land descended in equal shares to all the tenant’s sons.

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