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fief
a feudal estate
vassal
a person in the Middle Ages who received protection and land from a lord in return for loyalty and service
homage
something done or given in fulfilling a vassal's duty to a lord
minstrel
a medieval musical entertainer, esp. a singer of verses accompanied by music
herald
an official announcer or messenger
parliament
the supreme legislative body of various political units (Middle English -- a council for discussing gov't business)
count
(countess)
a European nobleman whose rank is equal to that of a British earl (his wife)
duke
(duchess)
a supreme and independent ruler of a duchy; a nobleman of the highest rank (his wife)
baron
(baroness)
a member of the lowest rank of the British nobility (his wife)
squire
one who carries the shield or armor of a knight; also, a male servant
portcullis
(esp. in medieval castles) a strong grating, as of iron, made to slide along vertical grooves at the sides of a gateway of a fortified place and let down to prevent passage.
palisade
any of a number of pales or stakes pointed at the top and set firmly in the ground in a close row with others to form a defense.
garrison
a body of troops stationed in a fortified place.
accolade
a light touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword or formerly by an embrace, done in the ceremony of conferring knighthood.
excommunicate
to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence.
troubadour
one of a class of wandering medieval lyric poets who wrote songs and poems chiefly on themes of courtly love.
knight
a man, usually of noble birth, who after an apprenticeship as page and squire was raised to honorable military rank and bound to chivalrous conduct.
page
a youth in attendance on a person of rank or, in medieval times, a youth being trained for knighthood.
squire
A young nobleman attendant upon a knight and ranked next below a knight in feudal hierarchy.
joust
a combat in which two knights on horseback attempted to unhorse each other with blunted lances.