They, as little as the Slavs to-day, would pay tribute to suzerains.
The most brilliant was that of the Athenians, who were long the suzerains of the island.
Suzerains are insisting that the lower class of vassals arbitrate their quarrels225 and not embroil the neighborhood.
They were gentlemen by the strength of their own right hands, as the fathers of their lords and suzerains had been.
The villeins were not entirely submissive under such great wrongs, frequently protesting against this right of their suzerains.
When the merchants had first appeared abroad they were protected more or less by their suzerains.