Subinfeudation Law and Legal Definition

Subinfeudation refers to the process of subdividing and subletting that land to others under the feudal system of tenure. A person receiving a grant of land from a lord, could himself become a landlord by granting their own followers some of the manors they had received from the Crown, in return for service which was probably often of a military nature. The tenant of a subinfeudated manor might further subinfeudate land to a subtenant, creating a further rung on the tenurial chain.