Fealty

An oath of fealty, from the Latin fidelitas (faithfulness), is a pledge of allegiance of one person to another. Typically the oath is made upon a religious object such as a Bible or saint's relic, often contained within an altar, thus binding the oath-taker before God.

In medieval Europe, fealty was sworn between two people, the obliged person (vassal) and a person of rank (lord). This was done as part of a formal commendation ceremony to create a feudal relationship.

Fealty and homage are a key element of feudalism.

The term is also used by English-speakers to refer to similar oaths of allegiance in other feudal cultures, as with medieval Japan, as well as in modern political contexts.

Other articles related to "fealty":

Gilbert Foliot - Bishop of Hereford
... his consecration Foliot gave assurances that he would not swear fealty to Stephen ... After his consecration Foliot swore fealty to Henry of Anjou, the son of the Empress and the new head of the Angevin party ... Foliot switched his allegiance on his return to England and swore fealty to Stephen, angering the Angevins ...
Mick Fealty
... Mick Fealty (born 1959) is a blogger and communications consultant and founding editor of the Northern Ireland-based blog Slugger O'Toole ... Fealty was born in Belfast and grew up in Holywood, County Down, but now lives in Dorset, England ...
Classic Feudalism - Vassalage
... which was composed of the two-part act of homage and oath of fealty ... Fealty comes from the Latin fidelitas and denotes the fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord ... "Fealty" also refers to an oath that more explicitly reinforces the commitments of the vassal made during homage ...
Green Ajah - Members - Other Notable Members
... She was one of the first to swear fealty to Rand, and was present at the battle of the Choeden Kal and at the meeting with Semirhage ... She is one of the Salidar Aes Sedai, and was forced to swear fealty to Rand after the battle at Dumai's Wells ... She was later captured and was one of the first to swear fealty to him ...
Clan Hay - History - Wars of Scottish Independence
... He swore fealty to King Edward I on 12 July 1296 ... Robert the Bruce, and probably the same Hugh who, in 1296, swore fealty to Edward I ... The son, Gilbert de Haya of Erroll, swore fealty to Edward I at Aberdeen in 1296 ...