Feudalism

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  • Feudalism
  • These are the four socioeconomic classes.
  • Kings/Monarchs
  • Greetings, I am the King. I am the owner of this Castle.
  • Nobles/Lords
  • Hello! I am a Noble and I have rented this land and built my very own castle.
  • Feudalism was the socioeconomic system that dominated Europe during the Dark and Middle Ages. The feudal system was composed of four socioeconomic classes: Kings, Nobles, Knights, and Peasants.
  • Knights
  • We are righteous knights and are loyal to our lord.
  • Kings were the highest class. They exerted their power over all. Nobles/Lords served as vassals to the king, and received fiefs and other benefits in exchange for their taxes, loyalty, and military service. Kings owned their own castle and a quarter of the land.
  • Peasants and Occupations
  • Life as a peasant isn't easy, but at least we can still make a living to provide for our families.
  • Lords often served as vassals under the king in Feudalism, and exerted high authority over their land, otherwise known as fiefs. Lords ruled like kings, but the government was decentralized because the land was governed by multiple lords, rather than a single government.
  • Manorialism
  • Knights participated in Chivalry. They served as vassals under Nobles and provided military service and aid. In exchange for this, the Noble would assure food, protection, and shelter to knights. Knights could not exert power over others, but they were certainly were higher up than peasants because they received more land and commendation for their services.
  • Peasants, sometimes also known as serfs, were the lowest class of the feudal system. Land was divided  and distributed to their peasants. They also provided protection. In return, Peasants paid rent/tax, provided labor, and gave a portion of their produce to their Noble. Most peasants worked as farmers, craftsmen, and merchants.
  • Feudalism was built upon a relationship of obligation and mutual service known as Manorialism between the vassals: The people who the land is rented to, the people who rented the land out. A vassal held his land, or fief, as a grant from a King or Noble.
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