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  • noun historical a nobleman who fought alongside his monarch in battles and who held tenants directly from the crown


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  • Land could be freely transferred, but the new vassal must hold direct of the king or from a tenant-in-chief.


  • No papal bull or brief, no papal legate might be received without royal approval, and no tenant-in-chief or royal officer could be excommunicated without royal permission.

    b. The British Isles

  • Lanfranc reminded him, first, that he was not at the bar as a bishop, but as a tenant-in-chief of the king; secondly, that the bishops judging him were acting in a like temporal capacity.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • It is only at the cost of long and ruinous conflicts that bishops and other prelates establish some distinction between their position and that of the ordinary tenant-in-chief.

    Medieval Europe

  • Where the general duty of allegiance has lapsed into oblivion, the tenant-in-chief is in all but name a dependent king, and the feudal state becomes a federation under a hereditary president, who occasionally arbitrates between the members of the federation and occasionally leads them out to war.

    Medieval Europe

  • King, and comes to hold the position of a tenant-in-chief (_une seigneurie collective populaire_).

    Medieval Europe

  • It was ordered that "no tenant-in-chief of the king, no officer of his household, or of his demesne, should be excommunicated, or his lands put under an interdict, until application had been made to the king, or in his absence to the grand justiciary, who ought to take care that what belongs to the king's courts shall be there determined, and what belongs to the ecclesiastical courts shall be determined in them."

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 06 (From Barbarossa to Dante)

  • The scheme of reinforcing Parliament by the election of knights of the shire had indeed been suffered to fall into disuse since its introduction in = 1254 =, yet every tenant-in-chief had of old the right of attending, and though the lesser tenants-in-chief had hitherto seldom or never exercised that right, they now trooped in arms to

    A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3) From the earliest times to the Death of King Edward VII

  • = -- Before Richard reappeared in England each tenant-in-chief had to pay the aid which was due to deliver his lord from prison (see p. 117), but this was far from being enough.

    A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3) From the earliest times to the Death of King Edward VII

  • The old Parliaments, which every tenant-in-chief had at least the customary right of attending, were no longer to exist.

    A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3) From the earliest times to the Death of King Edward VII


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