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Decline of Feudalism in Medieval Europe

SS French 6th

Hannah G

on 28 March 2013

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Transcript of Decline of Feudalism in Medieval Europe

Decline of Feudalism
in Medieval Europe The Hundred Years War How did the end of feudalism change Europe? The Black Death Definition: The Crusades Events that started the Decline of Feudalism: So, what is Feudalism anyways? Feudalism is a system of government where people
with less power give loyalty to people with higher power
in return for protection.

Lords were the people with higher power, and knights
provided protection to the serfs and peasants. The Crusades
The Black Death
The Hundred Years War The Crusades were a series of religious wars fought for control of Jerusalem.
During the Crusades, many feudal lords died, so kings reclaimed their land and regained power.
Kings raised taxes on the people and gathered together armies for the Crusades, so they also regained more power.
Finally, the common people associated more with their country rather than their feudal lord because of the common cause. The Black Death was a deadly contagious disease that ravaged through the continents of Europe and Asia during the Middle Ages.
The disease was spread by fleas on rats and trade.
Once again, when feudal lords died, kings took back their land for more power.
Since there were so few workers and so much need for them, workers demanded more power and freedom from the higher class.
Many commoners moved to towns to earn a living after the plague. Lords had less people to control on their manor, so they had less power. The Hundred Years War was a series of battles between England and France from 1337 to 1453.
People felt loyal to their country instead of their lords because of the two fighting nations.
Foot soldiers became more important as cannons and longbows came into play. Knights and castles proved to be less efficient than the foot soldiers.
Kings taxed the people for their own private armies.
Many people were killed during the war, and those who were left demanded more rights and money. Europe became more unified and nationalized because of these events.
Common people gained more rights from the Magna Carta and charters for freedom. Commoners also demanded more rights when little of them were left and they could do so.
The population of lords declined, so kings gained lots of power.
By Hannah Grupe Lets find out...
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