The word feudal is confusing because it is used in two ways. Feud is a Middle-English and French word meaning, strife or quarrel between families, clans, etc. But the word feud (also spelled feod) is a Middle Latin word of Greek origin meaning "law". The Greek word refers to a "fee" or "feudal benefice". During the Middle Ages in Europe, the "feudal system" was based upon the relationship of a "vassal" to the Lord. The vassal placed himself under the protection of the Lord. The vassal promised loyalty and service (or they were a slave). The Lord was the proprietor of the feudal land.
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