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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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If there is concern about the authentic transmission of the faith, why are catechists being required to swear an oath of fealty rather than being systematically educated in the church's teachings?
The Vikings had invaded in pursuit of the English throne, but Duke William of Normandy also claimed it, on the grounds that Harold Godwinson, his cousin, had sworn him an oath of fealty and thus should surrender England to him.
It would seem that this refers to an oath of fealty that Nebuchadnezzar made him swear by the Lord, an oath later broken by Zedekiah.