He took the law into his own hands and robbed the rich to give to the poor.
People loved him and thought of him as a justice-maker.
A lord would grant land to another noble in exchange for protection and military services. Others were large, as big as an entire country or province. Vassals also owed payments call aids on certain occasions.
When a lord’s oldest daughter married the vassal made special payments as a gift.
Levack states: “The bond of loyalty between lord and vassal was formalized by an oath.
The oath established personal relationship in which the lord reciprocated the vassal’s loyalty and cases with a land grant.
They had to seek the protection of the lords, who had armies of their own.
To expand ones power and wealth, lords would make alliances with other nobles. Within the fief, the vassal was the highest authority. Some were single estates just big enough for a knight and his family. This service was usually limited to forty days a year.
Sir Walter explains to Robin Hood about the importance of fighting for what you believe in and persuades Robin to motivate other Lords into fighting for the crown and not against it.
The following quote is from Robin speaking to the new King, King John, and the Lords of the northern territory: “If you are building for the future, you need to keep your foundations strong, laws of the land enslave the people to a king who demands loyalty but offers nothing in return (Robin Hood)!