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Formation and Basics

Kevin Donohue

on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of Feudalism

Feudalism Medieval European Society - Most of the population
- Largely do not own land, but work it for lords and knights
- Serf - a peasant tied to the land on which he lived
- Taxed by lords/knights
- Receive protection, some land for self
- Some skilled workers - carpenters, blacksmiths, etc. - Hired to protect people
- Expensive armor and maintenance (horses)
- Paid in land (or fiefs)
- Called upon to defend and support lord
- Sometimes ran manors
- Men only Towns and Trade - Towns group up around castle
- Plow + horse collar --> More food, more population
- Trade => More money; knights want money not land, peasants head to town to make fortune Formation Peasants Knights Nobles - Outside Pressures: Invasions from North and East
- Nobles step up and defend people
- Kings weakened
- Nobles gain power
- Vassals - supporters in exchange
for land
- Starts in France; spreads throughout Europe Homework:
P 517 # 10b, 11b, 12a, 13, 14 - Protect vassals
- Fair governance, final law
- Construct castles
- Own a manor - large estate
- Answer to king, queen
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