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  • Kings and Queens were the top of the social hierarchy.  However, they did not have a lot of power, and only ruled over their land. They lost most of their power to nobles after the fall of Charlemagne's empire.
  • Nobles and Church officials were part of the noble class. Many members of the noble class were lords who controlled fiefs. They pledged loyalty to the kings and queens, and spent most of their time trying to gain new lands, or defending their land from invaders. They had a lot of wealth and power in the social system. 
  • Knights were soldiers loyal to their lord. Knights went through years of hard training to prepare for battle. If a knight was extremely loyal, and excelled, his lord might grant land to the knight - which would the knight to become a vassal. Knights were also recovered a code of behavior called chivalry - should be courageous in combat, be loyal to his lord, defend the Church, and be valiant toward women. 
  • Peasants worked the land for their lord and had few rights. In addition, peasants performed other tasks required by their lord, such as cutting wood and repairing roads. They often lived in crude huts, slept on straw, and ate simple food. They were often farmers, merchants, or craftsmen and paid taxes to their ruler. 
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