There was a common head, chieftain, or sovereign, whose authority extended over the whole nation; and a number of subordinate vassals, or feudatories, who had large portions of land allotted to them, and numerous trains of INFERIOR vassals or retainers, who occupied and cultivated that land upon the tenure of fealty
or obedience, to the persons of whom they held it.
But he smiled upon us all, and I had no chance to distinguish myself from the rest by any act of devotion before the blessed vision faded, though for long afterwards, in impassioned reveries, I accosted him and claimed him kindred because of my fealty
, and because I would have been Spanish if I could.
And when they found that his mood was with them, they made him swear an oath of fealty
, and told him the haunt of the band--a place he knew right well.
In acknowledgment of fealty
, he proceeded to take upon himself the guardianship of his master's property.
The great ruffian paused, then stopped, slowly a sheepish smile overspread his countenance and going upon one knee he took the hand of Norman of Torn and kissed it, as some great and loyal noble knight might have kissed his king's hand in proof of his love and fealty
. There was a certain rude, though chivalrous grandeur in the act; and it marked not only the beginning of a lifelong devotion and loyalty on the part of Shandy toward his young master, but was prophetic of the attitude which Norman of Torn was to inspire in all the men who served him during the long years that saw thousands pass the barbicans of Torn to crave a position beneath his grim banner.
But Steward, the particular god of his fealty
and worship, appreciated.
As I saw that he was restrained by fealty
to Little Britain from saying as much as he could, and as I knew with thankfulness to him how far out of his way he went to say what he did, I could not press him.
of other secret matters which, to preserve the fealty
I owe to my lady Dulcinea del Toboso, I shall pass over unnoticed and in silence!
It is the oath of fealty
that men occasionally pay to a Jeddak whose high character and chivalrous acts have inspired the enthusiastic love of his followers.
Like many of his fellows, he had apparently accepted the new order of things with good grace, and had sworn fealty
to Xodar, his new ruler; but I knew that he hated me, and I was sure that in his heart he envied and hated Xodar, so I had kept a watch upon his comings and goings, to the end that of late I had become convinced that he was occupied with some manner of intrigue.
Twenty tribes had joined the federation, and their chiefs had sworn eternal fealty
to one another and to me.
Here the Archbishop of Greenwich coughed a stately cough to attract the attention of three of his ministers present, and staring at them, seemed to say: 'I call upon you by your fealty
to believe this!'