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All land not owned directly by the aristocracy and the church belonged to the Danish feudal system. Although inherently feudal in nature, they were not as a rule passed on within certain families, but enfeoffed as a result of a tangible service rendered by a nobleman. Fiefs consisted of an amalgamation of lesser administrative divisions known as hundreds (corresponding to shires in England) and were enfeoffed on vastly different terms - the only commonality being the fief-holder’s obligation to supply military forces when called upon by the monarch. Generally speaking, the four different types of fiefs were:
The account fief: the most profitable arrangement for the crown. The fief-holder served as a royal appointed official who received a previously agreed upon salary in exchange for his service.
The rent fief: the second-most profitable enfeoffment for the crown. A certain rent is placed on the fief’s revenue which is paid directly into the royal coffers, whilst the fief-holder retains the remaining surplus in exchange for his services.
The pledge fief: usually granted in exchange for a loan provided by the fief-holder. In place of paying the fief-holder an interest rate, the crown pledged the income of the fief to the creditor until the debt had been paid.
The service fief: the least profitable enfeoffment for the crown as the only compensation provided the royal treasury was the military service of the fief-holder, who otherwise kept all the revenue gathered in the fief for himself.