blood feud

Early Anglo-Saxon settlers believed in the importance of family (kinship) and loyalty to one's lord (lordship). Their system of law and order wasblood_drop.jpg very basic. It was left to the victim of a crime to punish the wrong-doer themselves. This led to the 'blood feud', by which the victim or the victim's family had the right to take revenge. The right to revenge included the right to kill the accused person - or a member of his or her family - in order to settle the wrong. This often led to long-running family feuds. It also made it difficult for less powerful people to get justice.