National Geographic : 1920 Aug
Photograph byMrs. P.Clarke HOLDING THE COURT OF FiEF BEUVAL: GUERNSEY There is evidence that originally all feudal courts were held in the open air, and in Guernsey some ofthe smaller courts still assemble inthe spots that have been used for hundreds of years. Their officers-senechal, greffier, and vavasseurs-still swear with uplifted hands tobefaithful vassals to their liege lord. In the scene shown above the senechal (bailiff) is swearing in a vavasseur.