Sir: Andrew Marr refers today to the possibility of "demands for loyalty oaths all round" if John Major wins the first round of the election for the leadership of the Conservative party.
It was a common practice of late medieval kings to require oaths of loyalty and fealty from the barons of the land. But are modern oaths any more reliable than those of yore? The barons frequently swapped sides, wriggling out of previous oaths on any grounds they could dream up.
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