The Hierarchical System Of Social Classification Used During The Medieval Periods

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The hierarchical system of social classification used during the medieval periods, generated considerable class tensions between people of more privileged status and those with lesser. Some peasants, townspeople, women, and university students all campaigned through diverse methodology to challenge the authorities that governed them. The dualistic society the medieval culture was based on formed the tensions within society. Specifically, good versus evil, rich versus poor, man versus woman, civilized versus uncivilized, and master versus slave. The ruling nobility and church officials used intimidating means of violence, aggression, and coercion to dominate the perceived lower classes. To contest oppression, the groups associated with commonality challenged the ruling classes to have the opportunity to influence and assert authority within their own lives. Specifically, people of common class status utilized violence, rebellion, and dissidence to combat persecution from the elite groups. This paper will argue the townspeople, peasants, women, and university students, strived for upward social mobility within their political class system, by challenging the sociological and theological contracts of their respective eras.
. The ethics and morals of the men constructing medieval society laws were heavily based within church doctrine.
The difference in class structure in medieval society were formalized by the privileged authorities ideals and values.
The methods…
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