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  • noun Plural form of tenant-in-chief.


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  • This treaty occupies an important position in the origins of the common law, because it set the pattern by which the king undertook an obligation for the maintenance of certain tenures and thus interfered for the first time in a regular way between his tenants-in-chief and their tenants.

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  • The government (as revealed by the Assizes of Jerusalem, the most complete feudal code extant) was narrowly feudal, with the king a feudal suzerain, not a sovereign, the tenants-in-chief dominant.

    b. The Crusades

  • The informal (until the 14th century) constitution of the German monarchy: Election of the king (originally by tribal chieftains) devolved on the tenants-in-chief, then on a group of them; election to be followed by ratification by the others.


  • Great ecclesiastical tenants-in-chief, especially in the Rhineland (notably the archbishops of Mainz, Trier, and Köln).


  • Concessions to the agricultural and commercial classes: mesne tenants granted the privileges of tenants-in-chief; uniform weights and measures; affirmation of the ancient liberties of London and other towns; limitation on royal seizure of private property; reform of the forest law; reform of the courts.


  • Some 170 great tenants-in-chief and numerous lesser tenants emerged.

    b. The British Isles

  • Lesser tenants-in-chief (the so-called Ritterschaft), who regarded the central power as their defense against the great princes.


  • This same body, meeting frequently and including only such tenants-in-chief as happened to be on hand, constituted the small council, a body that tended to absorb more and more of the actual administration.

    b. The British Isles

  • All the chief tenants and small freeholders were therefore the county electors; but the tenants-in-chief (who held their lands from the Crown) and the knights of the county had naturally considerably more influence than the smaller men.

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  • The burgesses were tenants-in-chief of the king, held of him by charter, and stood in the same relation to him as other tenants-in-chief.

    An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)


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