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From the Middle Ages until well into the 19th century, homage was the formal act of recognition owed by vassals to their feudal lord (Feudalism) and by the estates of the realm and subjects to their territorial lord, hereditary lord, or judicial lord, in which they committed themselves to loyalty and obedience towards him. It took place through an oath (or pledge) by inferiors on the accession of a new overlord, at a change of rule due …

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Holenstein, André, “Homage”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021123>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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