This was the granting of land in return for military support and was a forerunner of the fuedal system.
Related term(s): Feudal; Feudalism; Fief; Feudum; Vassalage; Feudal Obligation
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Konstam, Angus. Historical Atlas of the Crusades. New York: Checkmark Books, 2002.
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