Fealty Law and Legal Definition

Fealty means the allegiance that a tenant or vassal owes to his feudal lord. It is a term associated with feudal law. Under the feudal system, every owner of land considered them as of some superior lord, from whom or from whose ancestors the tenant received the land. The feudal lord is bound to protect the tenant in the enjoyment of the land granted to him. And the tenant is bound to be faithful to his lord and defend him against all his enemies. This obligation is called fidelitas or fealty.