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Feudalism And The Best Possible Interdependent Society For The Middle Ages Before The Bubonic Plague Essay

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FEUDALISM AND MANORIALISM: THE BEST POSSIBLE INTERDEPENDENT SOCIETY FOR THE MIDDLE AGES UNTIL THE BUBONIC PLAGUE

NOV. 17 2016
Anthony Rizzo
Mr. Zinselmeyer
AP World History
Saint Louis University High

Anthony Rizzo
Global History
St. Louis U. High
Mr. Zinselmeyer

Feudalism and Manorialism
Feudalism was a political system structured so that if a king was weak or distances between ends of the kingdom were too difficult to travel, a king could divide his land and give it to rich lords, dukes and duchesses, in exchange for their allegiance to the king. Manorialism was an economic and political system structured around a manor, a parcel of land, owned by a lord, and the relationship between the lord and the peasants that served him. During the early part of the Middle Ages, kings were not powerful enough to keep invaders out of their kingdoms. Needing protection, many villagers began to leave the towns and cities and resorted to depending only on each other for survival. Social positions were determined at birth, and peasants had little chance of moving up in the hierarchy. The nobles, or elite class, consisting of kings, queens, lords, and knights, controlled the land and power. Peasants, known also as serfs, made up the majority of the population and were considered the lower class of society. The serfs took care of the land and were servants to the nobles. Both Feudalism and Manorialism are linked together in the Middle
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