To What Extent Did Feudalism Affect the Societies in the Middle Ages?

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To what extent did feudalism affect the societies in the Middle Ages?

Plan of Investigation The investigation assesses the significance of the feudal system in the middle ages. In order to evaluate the feudal system’s significance, the investigation evaluates each role of the social classes in a Middle Ages society. This includes the kings, nobles and lords, knights, and peasants and serfs. Articles and secondary sources are mostly used to evaluate the feudal system’s significance. Two of the sources used in this essay, Feudalism by Joseph R. Strayer and Social Classes: The Middle Ages by William Chester Jordan are then evaluated for their origins, purposes, and limitations.

The investigation does not assess feudalism in the Japan
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Powerful nobles aspired to be king, and so on, but unlike many jobs in society, it was hard for peasants to move higher.

C. Evaluation of Sources Feudalism compiled by Joseph R. Strayer is an in-depth article on feudalism in the Middle Ages. Feudalism was written with the purpose to display feudalism in the Middle Ages. This article shows an unbiased opinion towards all of the social classes in the Medieval time period, and evidently shows the difference between them. Needless to say, this article distinctly shows the significance of feudalism in the Middle Ages. However, this article does not state if the church was involved in society, or not. However, Social Classes: The Middle Ages by William Chester Jordan compares the societies of both the Byzantine Empire, and Western Europe during the Middle Ages. This article does not show a biased opinion towards each of the societies, and briefly describes feudalism and how it differs in each society. This article shows how the social classes defined the societies during the Medieval time. This article also does not state if the church was was involved in society, or not.

Analysis

Feudalism in England was established by William the Conqueror and the Normans at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The system and structure of feudalism had been well established in Europe, but the Normans enforced feudalism in England. Feudalism was based on the exchange of land for military service, and King William the Conqueror
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