What is CHIEF, TENANT IN?

In English feudal law. All the land in the kingdom was supposed to be hnlden mediately or immediately of the king, who was styled the "Lord Paramount." or "Lord Above All:" and those that held immediately under him. in right of his crown and dignity, were called his tenants "in capite" or "in chief," which was the most honorable species of tenure, but at the same time subjected the tenant to greater and more burdensome services than inferior tenures did. Brown

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