Suit and Service

Suit and Service. When the tenant had professed himself to the man of his superior or lord, the next consideration was concerning the service which, as such, he was bound to render for the land he held. This, in pure, proper, and original feuds, was only two-fold:——to follow or do suit to the lord in his courts in time of peace; and in his armies or warlike retinue, when commonly called to the field.

Source: Tomlins, Thomas Edlyne. The Law-Dictionary: explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State, of the English Law, &c. Vol. II. London: J. and W.T. Clarke, &c., 1835 (pg. ccxiv).

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