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Posted by isabeau_lark on 2013.08.07 at 21:27
I'm glad you made this point regarding fealty. This is actually one of the reasons that when my brother was knighted, he swore fealty to the crown, NOT the king and queen. By being in fealty to the institution of the crown he has different responsibilities than being in fealty to a set of individuals.

The idea of fealty meaning unconditional support is also a fallacy. In my mind it's the equivalent of a parent who lets a child do whatever they want. They're not doing anyone any favors, least of all the child. To NOT step up when royalty are in the wrong, to my mind, is the breach in the vow of fealty.

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