The feudalism pyramid had kings at the top, then church officials, then lords, then knights/vassals, and then peasants/serfs.
I am King. My word is the law, and my rulings are final!
God before Kings!
After the fall of Rome, Europe was very different. Instead of being a democracy and having written down laws, they were conquered by Germanic tribes and made into many different kingdoms. But with this new challenge hey made a new kind of system: the feudal system.
If I can't be King, at least I am a lord, and have my own land and money.
The king was at the top of the feudal system. He made decisions regarding war, economy, and trading. It started out that there where many kings, but after a long time there started to be only a couple. The most important of these kings were Charlemagne because of of the great things he did.
Knights / Vassals
Church officials were the second most powerful force in the feudal system. They were actually more powerful in some aspects than the king, which goes to show how important religion and Christianity was during this time. Another reason that Christianity was very important during this time is that it brought together Germanic tribes.
Peasants / Serfs
The life of a peasant is hard! I wish I had been a knight!
The lords were next in the feudal system. The job was created so that the king would not have all of the power, and so in turn they got land, but had to also supply the king with money, resources, and troops when he was in need.
The knights/vassals were second to last on the feudal system. They worked to protect the king and his palace, along with fighting in wars. Another kind of knight was called a vassal, and they worked right under the lords. The lords gave them land and riches, so in turn they gave their service when the lord needed soldiers to fight or for protection.
I protect and serve! The life of a knight is one of adventure, chivalry and excitement!
Peasants were at the bottom of the feudal system. They usually worked as farmers, builders, craftsman, cooks, and blacksmiths. Most peasants worked on farms, and they usually had to pay high taxes, and give all of their crops to the lords whose land they worked on. In turn the lords gave protection to them and their families.