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You know what I never understood? The word "liege". It can mean both the master and the servant. How stupid is that? I am the LIEGE! Am I the feudal lord or am I the vassal? I DON'T KNOW! FUCK!

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akatsukami
Dec. 15th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Which is why "liege lord" is not a pleonasm.

The way feudalism was supposed to work (which, to be sure, was often not the way it did work) was that it was a contract between lord and vassal (think anarchocapitalism and you've got the general idea). The vassal certainly had obligations to his lord...but the lord also had obligations to his vassal. Indeed, the Assizes of Jerusalem (the law code of the Crusader kingdom of Outremer, generally considered the best mating of feudal theory and practice) spell out in considerable detail what the obligations were, and when lord or vassal could abandon the other for having failed to meet those obligations.
thesquirrelfish
Dec. 15th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
so basically... liege is the relationship, not the person.
akatsukami
Dec. 15th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
It's the person in the relationship, like "spouse".
withbutterflies
Dec. 15th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
If you're tired of WoW, I found you a beaner game to play....
democritus
Dec. 15th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
Re: If you're tired of WoW, I found you a beaner game to play....
Oralé!
sydusa
Dec. 15th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
your brain amuses me :)
oxymoronnyc
Dec. 15th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
"I DON'T KNOW! FUCK!"

Which is what the master and servant ought to be doing anyway, so it's the right conclusion.
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