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Latin. A free feud; a frank fee. One of the kinds of feudal tenures, called free fee. It was so called because the vassal was free of all feudal services, and was only bound to the superior by an oath of fealty. It arose when the feudal manners began to give place to a certain degree of industry and civilization, and superiors who were in want of money were willing to give lands to their vassals at nominal or quit rents, in consideration of a large sum advanced in a single payment. This holding, in modern phrase, is termed blench-holding.

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