A barbarian war band which was led by a chief to whom his men owed absolute loyalty. The personal bonds of the comitatus were one precursor to feudalism.
Related term(s): Feudalism
Category: Troop Types
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.