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Principles of Feudal Tenure 11/09/2007 19:59:00 Feudal systems spread across Europe, the British Isles and all the way to Syria.  The original system of feudalism stems from the association of fief-holding and  vassalage.  Caroligians vassals often were unbeneficed and lived in the households of  their lords. Fiefs can only legally exist when in the possession of a vassal.  Vassals were from the military class, men who worked in agriculture were  doomed to lives as farmers.  Process of Vassalhood The vassal had to appear before the lord and serve him homage and fealty.  A blessing then occurred, the lord kisses the man, and then the vassal takes  an oath.  The ceremony draws from both heathen and Christian tradition  Obligations of the Lord Though the lord makes no oath, he is still required to be faithful to his vassal. The oath can be revoked if the Lord o Tries to reduce man to servitude o Plots against his life o Commits adultery with his wife o Attempts to kill him o Fails to protect him. A great deal of literature and art was focused on vassalage in medieval times.
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