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Documented from the end of the 14th century, the term ‘alien’ designated a foreigner, and in terms of legal documents a foreign-born merchant or other worker resident in England.


KURATH, H., KUHN, S. M., REIDY, J. and LEWIS, R. E. The Middle English Dictionary (Ann Arbor, MI: 1952-2001), s.v. āliē̆n.

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Alien”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 11 November 2019
First published online: 2016

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