homage (hom-ij). In feudal times, a ceremony that a new tenant performed for the lord to acknowledge the tenure. • This was the most honorable service that a free tenant might do for a lord. In the ceremony, kneeling before the lord, the tenant placed his hands between the lord’s hands while saying, “I become your man from this day forward, of life and limb and earthly honor, and to you will be faithful and loyal, and bear you faith, for the tenements that I claim to hold of you, saving the faith that I owe unto our sovereign lord the king, so help me God.”

“Homage is an oath of fidelity, acknowledging himself to be the lord’s man: wherein the tenant must be ungirt, uncovered, kneel upon both knees, and hold both his hands together between the lord’s hands sitting before him. This is to be done only to the lord himself.” Sir Henry Finch, Law, or a Discourse Thereof 143 (1759).

homage ancestral (hom-ij an-ses-tr[schwa]l). [Law French] A type of homage in which a tenant and the tenant’s ancestors have held immemorially of another by the service of homage. • This long-standing relationship bound the lord to warrant the title and to hold the tenant clear of all services to superior lords. — Also spelled homage auncestral (aw-mahzh on-se-stral).

homage liege (hom-ij leej). Homage due the sovereign alone as supreme lord, done without any saving or exception of the rights of other lords.

— Also termed homagium ligium (h[schwa]-may-jee-[schwa]m lI-jee-[schwa]m).

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