Just as Florence and the Renaissance loosened the grip of the feudal lords and "focused on the worth of a human being," she said.
Of the Last Samurai he said, “They make it look like Japan would not have made it out of the feudal period without Tom Cruise.”
feudal families held much of the power in an untamed empire of mercenary armies warring for control of small sections of land.
1610s, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate," of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.).