Immediately, the barons, seigniors, knights, and dukes all took to their heels, away and under the table; however at that moment the hail and rain stopped.
Having arrived at the castle, the sly goldsmith began to set the diamonds in the gold and to present these adornments to those knights and seigniors who had influence in the court.
Never seeing his other sons return, Frederick ordered a feast, summoned all kinds of folk, asked them to be seated at the table, and said the following words: "Hear ye, seigniors, gentlemen, and common folk--good deeds are never for nothing."
Thus, both state and seigniors became more dependent on intermediate authorities recruited from the village population.
Seigniorial peasants, however, were under the formal jurisdiction of their seigniors, although, in most cases, it was indeed a purely formal jurisdiction; the majority of Russian nobles were absentee landlords, many of whom rarely visited their properties.