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  • Feudalism Storyboard: Shiv Anderson
  • Hey kids, and welcome to: MEDIEVAL EUROPE! Today we're going to be talking about the feudal system and the time of its use. The feudal system was a system of government in Medieval Times, and was used from about 800 to 1300. But what was feudalism, and who did it benefit? Well, why don't we answer that now.
  • Nobles, Kings, Lords, and Ladies
  • After the fall of Rome, things changed in Europe. Power became concentrated between a handful of people. These were kings, lords, and ladies, or nobles.
  • Hello!
  • Knights and Church Officials
  • Ah yes, vassals and churches. The church held quite a lot of power during the Medieval Era, and knights were protectors of the realm. 
  • Feudalism was a system of government used during the Dark Ages, or Medieval Era, where land owned by the king was divvied up between lords, who divided it between knights. There were also peasants and serfs, who were basically farmers. The church also held power, and was decisive in situations like the crowning of Charlemagne as king of the Franks.
  • Serfs, Peasants, and Those Other Lowlifes
  • The kings would divide land between the nobles, or vassals. The nobles swore allegiance to the king in exchange for protection. Nobles would also have duties to their knights, who would protect their lands. Land was like the medieval equivalent of money. Lords would also protect the families of knights that lived on their lands.
  • Pros
  • The church in medieval times was a unifying force. Since the pope could crown kings, such as Charlemagne, he held considerable power. Church officials also were considered connected to God, so they had influence. Knights were supposed to be loyal to the king, but were often loyal to the lords of the lands they protected. 
  • Cons
  • Peasants were the farmers of medieval times. They gave some of their crops to their nobles, but their lives were easier than those of serfs. Serfs were like peasants, but tied to the land they worked on. They also had to get their lords' permission to do anything, including leave the land or take a break. However, serfs could buy their freedom, but they wouldn't have any skills that could move them forward in life.
  • Here's your average medieval farm, complete with rows and rows of crops, and a few peasants. But hey! If you think these guys had a hard life, just wait until you read about serfs!
  • Feudalism had lots of benefits. It allowed there to be a balance of power, so that kings, nobles, and knights could keep each other in check. But this system did have its flaws.
  • So feudalism, huh? Pretty solid system with a lot of benefits, if you ask me. It did have some flaws though. Oh hey, Frodo!
  • While feudalism did have benefits, it concentrated too much power in one area. The peasants and serfs had no power, and no way to increase it. Thus, they were powerless while the kings and nobles did as they pleased.
  • So feudalism sounds like a pretty sweet gig, right? And it was . . . For the lords, knights, and kings. For your average peasant, life mostly consisted of working on land all day for dirt poor wages. But for guys like my buddy, the Witch-King, life was pretty good.
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