One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Middle Ages) the tenure of land by a knight on condition of performing military service.
- ‘His grandson, who appears in early thirteenth-century records as ‘John fitz Dermot’, was married to an Anglo-Norman woman, and held his lands by knight service.’
- ‘By the 13th cent. the arrangements were unravelling as lords increasingly paid scutage rather than perform knight service and vassals tried to commute their own obligations.’
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