Medieval Glossary

Feudal Obligation

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
Category: Feudalism
Added: 12.04.04
Last modified: 01.01.05
Source information: Herlihy, David, ed. The History of Feudalism. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1970. 71-2, 74.


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