1A hermaphrodite is classed with male or female according to the predominance of  the sexual organs.2
 3How bondsmen may be made free by manumission, who may manumit and who  may not, will be explained more fully below [in the portions] on actions [de nativis]  and fugitive villeins.4
That God is no respecter of persons though men are, since some rule over lands in spiritual matters, some in temporal.
 5God is no respecter of any men whomsoever, free or bond, for there is no respect  of persons with God,6 for as to Him, he that is greatest, let him be as the smallest;  and he that is chief as he that doth serve.7 But with men, in truth, there is a  difference between persons, for there are some of great eminence [who] are placed  above others and rule over them: in spiritual matters which belong to the priesthood,  the lord pope, and under him archbishops, bishops and other less exalted  prelates; in temporal matters which pertain to the kingdom, emperors, kings and  princes,8 and under them dukes, earls and barons, magnates or vavasours and  knights, also freemen and bondsmen. Various powerful persons are established  under the king, namely, earls, who take the name comites from comitatus,9  or from societas, a partnership,10[who may also be called consuls from  counseling,] for kings associate such persons with themselves in governing the  people of God, investing them with great honour, power and name when they  gird them with swords, [that is, with sword belts.
What belts are.
 11Ringae are so called because renes girant, because they gird and encircle the  loins, hence the phrase, Gird thee with thy sword etc.12 Belts gird the loins of  such that they may guard themselves from the luxury of wantonness, for the  wanton and unchaste are abominable before God.]
What the sword signifies.
 13[for] the sword signifies the defence of the realm and the country. There are other  powerful persons under the king who are called barons, that is, belli robur, the  strength of war. Others are called vavasours, men of great dignity. A vavasour  cannot be better defined than a vessel selected for strength, that is, vas sortitum ad  valitudinem. 14Also under the king are knights, that is, persons chosen for the  exercising of military duties, that they may fight with the king and those mentioned  above