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 Liebenstein and Sternfels.Li’en. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Liege.
 
The word means one bound, a bondsman (Latin, ligo, to bind); hence, vassals were called liege-meni.e. men bound to serve their lord. The lord was called the liege-lord, being bound to protect the vassals.   1
        “Unarmed and bareheaded, on his knees, and with his hands placed between those of his lord, he [the military tenant] repeated these words: ‘Hear, my lord, I have become your liegeman of life and limb, and earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear to you to live and die.”—Lingard: History of England, vol. ii. chap. i. p. 27.
 


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