The land was given to the lesser noble, but ownership still stayed with the powerful noble. The products that were made on the land went to the powerful noble and a small percentage to the lesser Nobel. In exchange for living on the land as well as maintaining it, the lesser noble would pledge loyalty, military assistance to the powerful Nobel. The land given was called a fief.
How was land granted by a noble to a lesser noble? What was the grant of land exchanged called?