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What is a Fief?

In Medieval times land was broken up into fiefs.  But a fief was more then just a piece of land.  A fief had to include at least one village with huts for the serfs, a manor house or castle for the noble, and land to grow or catch food.  

A fief was not ownership.  A fief was actually a loan from the king and the king could take it back.  

Sometimes fiefs were given as reward for bravery in battle.  To get a fief you had to promise the king several things.  First, you would give your loyalty to the king; second, you would fight or send men to fight if the king needed them; third, you would provide money to ransom the king if he was captured; finally, you would take care of the serfs working the land.  

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