"'I cannot give fealty to a machine or a mere form of written laws. It must be to a person, someone who respects my honor, who loves it, even if he sends me to death and condemns my lands to the fire for a greater duty's sake.'"
-SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2012), Chapter Fifteen, p. 477.
Fire? No thanks. There speaks a medievalist. Modernists accept the rule of law, not the rule of men, although we can give trust and friendship to persons.
Dominic Flandry defended the vile Emperor Josip against the would be usurper, McCormac, following the principle of legitimacy in government - although Flandry also did something about Josip's vile appointee, Snelund!