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date: 26 August 2019


A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations
Lincoln AllisonLincoln Allison

Feudalism was a system of society in which vassals acknowledged and fought for a lord in return for his protection for their persons and land tenure. The lord in turn paid allegiance to a king in return for his granting of their status, though this was very often a disputed relationship. Feudalism was thus a comprehensive social system which defined authority and property rights. It is most closely associated with France between the ... ...

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