Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Comitatus Definition:

Latin: a contract of personal services between a land lord and his men.

Walker wrote of:

"... the institution of the comitatus, a personal relationship between a lord and a group of men, with mutual duties of faith and service, and seem to have adopted the idea of the precarium, which developed rapidly and took root as standard institutions of the Frankish kingdom.

"Moreover, the great men of the land were already of the comitatus of the King and members of his household and bodyguard and began to adopt the precarium tenure, becoming clients of the King or his greatest lords."


  • Walker, David, The Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980), page 466

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