One of several obligations that a vassal owed to his lord or that a lord owed to his vassal. Vassals owed their lords fealty, and because of this a vassal was also obligated to provide aid and counsel (auxilium et concilium) to his lord. In exchange, a lord had an obligation to provide protection and maintenance to his vassal.
Related term(s): Vassal; Fealty; Aid; Counsel; Protection; Maintenance
Last modified: 12.31.04
Source information: Herlihy, David, ed. The History of Feudalism. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1970. 71-2, 74.