Medieval Glossary


A person who owes a lord fealty and feudal obligations in exchange for protection and maintenance from the lord. Maintenance often came in the form of a fief. A vassal might also be called a liege-man.

Related term(s): Fealty; Feudal Obligation; Protection; Maintenance; Fief; Liege-man
Category: Feudalism
Added: 06.30.04
Last modified: 01.01.05


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