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see feudalismfeudalism
, form of political and social organization typical of Western Europe from the dissolution of Charlemagne's empire to the rise of the absolute monarchies. The term feudalism is derived from the Latin feodum,
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fealty

(in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassal
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