- Lit. 'mixing of hands'. During the ceremony of *homage, the *vassal placed his hands between those of his lord; this was followed by the oath of *fealty.
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Fealty — A *vassal s oath of fidelity to his lord; also the duties of service and aid. [ < Lat. fides = oath, faith; Lat. fidelitas = loyalty] Cf. Hold oath; Homage1; Immixtio manuum … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
Homage — 1) Formal acknowledgement of a *vassal s allegiance and *fealty to his lord. Thus the young King Edward III did homage in June 1329 to Philip, the new king of France. But Edward did this as duke of Aquitaine, not as king of England. *Bracton said … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases