Now I’ve had time to think about the question I raised in the last post, I think I’ve come up with a way of formulating my objection. Let us agree that if one, as a king, wished to make a public demonstration of one’s support for a particular magnate, that you might indeed use the bestowal of what these documents charmingly call ‘munificences’ upon him to do this; it’s a good ceremony (we imagine, as we don’t know how they did it), hey, the ideal way to do it. Okay, I have no problem with this.
Now. Let us suppose instead that, most likely because of some local circumstances—all the mead ran out on his estates last winter, he needs more bee-keeping land, or fisheries or whatever, to live in the style to which the king, should he happen by, would be accustomed—such a magnate, with whom your connection is already perfectly amicable due to years of good service carrying your messages, negotiating with towns, leading troops and so on, comes to you asking for some extra land. You have no problem with this, and grant it. What’s the ideal way to do this? Well, there’s this useful ceremony and documentation procedure designed for land transfers…
As usual, we need to look at the individual cases, and while Professor Koziol is wise to open up the possibilities, it remains possible in any of those cases that we may need to close them down again.