There was feudalism back in my day. A system in which powerful lords gave land holdings to lesser lords
But there was also manorialism. A lot of land was distributed and many nobles earned a profit, but unfortunately many serfs were bound to a manor if which the nobles owned.
Back then, warfare was the face of life. Rival lords constantly battled for power and nobles were trained in boyhood to later become knights. The boys would be sent away to train.
Yes, at one point I was a noble myself. If I hadn't become a knight then most likely I would have been a land-owning rich person who hates the middle class
There were also many peasants that were put to work back then. They would work long hours and only eat black bread and vegetables, rarely any meat.
Ya, but don't forget about Church! Daily life revolved around church and so did the calendar and many holidays. Many of the main events in people's lives happened in the church.
After the fall of Rome, Church power and people who used church skyrocketed. The Western Christian Church was lead by the pope, who to some people resembled god himself
But then corruption happened when Christians left their wealth and land to monasteries and convents
Agriculture was key in life back then. Technology helped improve farming with tools such as iron plows and light harnesses. This allowed the farmers to plow fields faster with horses. In addition to agriculture, trading was also very important.
Trade routes expanded alongside the growth of towns and cities. Some items that were traded are Chinese silk, byzantine gold jewelry, and Asian spices. With trading growing, so did business. For business, merchants made partnerships to increase their profit and a system of insurance was developed
By the year 1000, middle class was a thing. They gained economic and political power and formed groups known as guilds. Guilds were made to protect economic interests.
Towns held guilds but were also used to protect the people from invaders with their high walls. Also like I said earlier, since many people were christian and church was a growing necessity, most towns would have a cathedral in the center