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Feudalism With The Lords And Vassals

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Feudalism is a lord-vassal relation with a fief or as called land. During this time there were many rulers with violent conflicts. The kind of relationship the two men worked out in practice depended on power, wealth, and personal qualities such as ingenuity, daring, and ruthlessness. To avoid discord and violence, lord and his dependant had to constantly negotiate new agreements to deal with each crisis as it arose. There were three points of evidence that supported the relations on security and violent conflicts. The three points are loyalty, land/fief, and power. By the eighth century, the Germanic society of warriors led by chiefs had been formalized into relationships between lords and vassals (The West, pg. 166). Vassals swore loyalty and obedience to their lord, and in return the lord promised to protect his vassal and sometimes granted him land (The West, pg 166). In the disorder of the ninth and tenth centuries, lords gained extensive political and legal rights over the communities in their lands (The West, pg 166). Although in theory feudalism created a hierarchy of authority, in actuality the situation was more complex (The West, pg 166). The lords only called on their vassals to resist invaders. The fief was part of the oath between the lords and the vassals. In my opinion, I believe the relations of lords and vassals fell apart, because of their wealth and power.
The loyalty used between the lords and their subjects were based on dependence. Feudalism transformed kings into the lords of other lords, in which maintaining royal authority was difficult. Kings sought to ensure loyalty by granting favors to loyal vassals and by emphasizing the sacred character of kingship, in the process enhancing the idea of kingship and encouraging the perception of the kingdom as more than the king's personal possession. In the agreement between Count William and Hugh IV, there were many people who were in ties with Hugh IV. Hugh IV owned a lot of property such as the fortresses of Parthenay, Civray, and Chize'. An example would be of Hugh IV listening to Count William in breaking off the engagement with Ralph’s Daughter. Hugh had refused Viscount Ralph’s offer of marrying his daughter, because he was offered a better deal by Count William. The reason why Count William told him to do so is because he promised Hugh close friendship and support. The Count William treated Hugh greatly because of his loyalty to them. Hugh was a very loyal person towards all his superiors. One superior that Hugh was not fond of was Count Fulk. An example would be Count William telling Hugh to build a fortress, so it would make Count Fulk jealous. This plan did work as Count Fulk was angry and demanded the fortress from them. Count William told Count Fulk that he would...

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