Divided Loyalties in the Medieval World

To whom should one pledge fealty? Lord, king, brother or nation?

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently blamed divided loyalties for his resignation as Cabinet minister and MP. Citing ‘unresolvable tension’ between family loyalty and the national interest, he found the time had come to quit his governmental roles. David Gauke, one of those to have recently lost the Conservative Party whip, admitted that many MPs have had to ‘wrestle with conflicting loyalties’ in the past few months, as Brexit rips a hole through traditional ties of party and family. historytoday.com
Loyalties
Miniature showing a battle, from ‘The Book of Feats of Arms and of Chivalry’, by Christine de Pisan, French, 1434.© Bridgeman Images

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