A territorial holding, usually cut from the royal demesne, that was given by the French king to a member of his own family.
Related term(s): Demesne; Allod; Tenure; Landholder
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.