In a feudal sense one of the two main obligations of a lord to his vassal. Usually protecting the vassal from enemies and dangers was the primary duty of a feudal lord.
The other main obligation of a lord to his vassal was maintenance.
Related term(s): Maintenance; Feudal Obligation; Lord; Vassal; Fief; Feudalism
Source information: Herlihy, David, ed. The History of Feudalism. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1970. 74.