How did peasants become independent from feudal lords?

How did peasants become independent from feudal lords?
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  • How did peasants become independent from the feudal lords?
  • We want independence!
  • In the Middle Ages, peasants had no power in the feudal system. But at the same time they played a very important part on its structure because they provided the goods in exchange from protection from the lords.
  • Hi, I am Augusto an I am a peasant farmer from a town in France.
  • Then, in the High Middle Ages, peasant farmers improved agriculture by clearing forests and adopting better farming methods to grow crops that provided the goods.
  • Yeah!
  • Guys! We should clear more forests so we can grow more crops in which our farming is producing better goods.
  • As a result to this, they grew a lot of crops that provided a variety of goods that they sold on the market and merchant fairs. All these revived the trade and commerce in towns.
  • Who wants to trade fresh fruits like apple and carrots for silk or coins?
  • Me! I'll give you 2 coins for 2 red apples.
  • By this, some towns grew wealthier. So town dwellers began to resent the lord's right to govern and demand taxes, because they no longer needed their protection/interference. This was because they wanted to govern themselves.
  • Oh, no! How could that be possible?
  • Dear lord, with all my respect, an from the others that support me, I think that we don't need your protection and interference anymore.
  • So some towns violence broke out as they struggled to become independent.
  • We want independence! We want independence!
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