Bastard feudalism

A modern term for the changes in the forms of lordship in the 14c. Whereas 'classical' feudalism relied upon oaths and service owed through *fief and obligation, 'bastard feudalism' is distinctive because cash payments were at its heart. Contracts with cash rewards were drawn up; annuities were offered and accepted; *liveries also were offered. Much of the old world had gone by the middle of Edward Ill's reign. Villeins were demanding cash for work, reflecting a society caught in the cash cycle.

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