A decayed form of feudalism in England during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Rather than being based on the payment of feudal obligations in return for fiefs, "bastard feudalism" was instead based upon liveried retainers receiving wages or a pension in exchange for signing an indenture to a lord.
Related term(s): Feudalism; Feudal Obligation; Fief; Livery; Lord
Source information: Roberts, Clayton and Roberts, David. A History of England, Third Edition. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1998. 202.