Defining the Misunderstood Feudal Bond

September 16, 2013

Prussian Homage

The feudal bond is any of a broad range of mutually beneficial relationships within the rule of law that bind individuals together in society from top to bottom. It is characterized by one party that seeks protection and another that seeks service. It often involved the distribution of land and offices in return for these services. It is an intensely flexible and personal bond beyond the family yet inside a family-like context. It is a sacred Christian bond permeated by charity and built upon trust and mutual responsibility, generating stable forms of community and leadership. Such bonds give rise to their own structures, protocols, and hierarchies suited to the times.

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John Horvat II, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need To Go (York, Penn.: York Press, 2013), 191.

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