Oath of Salisbury

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The Oath of Salisbury refers to an event in August 1086 when William I of England summoned his tenants-in-chief and "landowning men of any account" to Salisbury,[1] where they swore allegiance to him and to be faithful against all other men. The oath was demanded at a time of crisis when the Conqueror was facing revolt and invasion. There seems little doubt that it was intended as a practical assurance and reminder rather than as a constitutional statement.

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  1. "William I 'The Conqueror' (r. 1066-1087)". The Royal Household. Retrieved 10 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>