Before contracts and signed agreements, the only thing there was, was a person's loyalty and trust. In Medieval times it was important for a man to understand his duty and relationship to God as well as to his earthly king. We are able to see such characterization of this bond with the title character in The Song of Roland and with Macduff in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Roland and Macduff both seem to be the
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Scene 1, Line 80), he was removed from his mother via a cesarean section. Macduff sees this action as a duty to God because he believes Macbeth is not human.
Although humans sometimes need divine aid to carry out god's plans, much of the hard work is left to men such as Roland from The Song of Roland and Macduff in Shakespeare's Macbeth. In the end it is all about God's commands and man's duty to act.