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Peasants- Peasants were given land by their Lords and were also given protection. This all came at a price. They had to pay a heavy tax. They had to at least give 10% of their earnings as a farmer to their Lord and a tithe to the Church. Peasants were free farmers and not the property of their Lord.
Henry, how are we supposed to pay tax this month? We're getting bankrupt. What about our children?
I know Matilda, we can just hope for the best.
Serfs- Serfs were laborers in their Lord's domain and would mainly plow and harvest. Serfs were bound to their Lord's land. They were almost like slaves. Serfs would pay their Lord some dues (in the form of labor), in exchange for using part of the Lord's land to generate food and protection. They had to make everything they needed; food, shelter and clothes.
We haven't planted that many vegetables. There's no dinner for tonight or tomorrow.
I'll try to find some wild berries and get some cheese from the cow.
As you can see, the Feudal System was quite an efficient social system to govern a kingdom effectively. People in the lower class though found it very difficult to make a living. They didn't have that many privileges so life was quite harsh for them. People in the higher class though lived happily with plenty of food, valuables, and wealth. To conclude, the Feudal System ensured a well-structured society, an organized land, and interaction between the community.
Imagine if the Feudal System was part of the modern world! Imagine how different our lives would be (and difficult)!
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