Vassus sentence example

vassus
  • As the word in its Latin form vassus was at first uniformly employed in the sense of slave, this explanation is the more acceptable of the two.
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  • Sometimes they were sent to organize and govern a march, sometimes they were rewarded with benefices, and as, with the growth of feudalism, these developed into hereditary fiefs, the word vassus or vassallus was naturally retained as implying the relation to the king as overlord, and was extended to the holders of all fiefs whether capital or mediate.
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