The Structure Of Feudalism

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During around the 8th century, feudalism started very small. Feudalism didn’t start developing until the 11th century when it was introduced again. After William the Conqueror was declared King of England in 1066, he introduced feudalism to Europe. The reason why he decided to develop the beginning of feudalism was for the fact that he couldn’t handle having so much land so, he spilt up the land to fellow royals and close friends.

Depending on the lord serfs had, members of the lower class, especially serfs, were exhausted from the amount of work they were receiving. Serfs were not allowed to change occupations unless they had permission from their lord, since they were, figuratively and literally, property to the person that owned the land they lived on. Serfs were very hard-worked, they had to do many chores that were often individual or a 2-3-person job. They had to bake every bread, grind grain in a mill and clean everything in the castle to a high standard for the lord.

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Since the lord did not give much food to their servants, they had to make their own food, using their own tools since it was forbidden to use the lord’s belongings. They were only allowed to walk or use the lord’s roads and bridges that he built himself. But, they must have to pay a fee every-time they used them, which was a reasonable law at the time. This meant that serfs were forbidden to self-make their own roads, bridges, and even ovens. Since loyalty with other class members rarely existed, many peasants would pay the lord with information of other serfs breaking the rule of self-made roads in exchange for their own road fees.

Later in the High Middle Ages, The Roman Church started appearing. This caused the church to be very vital to all classes. The budget for the buildings was very expensive, due to its extreme detailed decoration. In order to join the church, you had to belong in the noblemen classes and up for they thought that peasants would try to join in order to get more privileges. The highest class in the church was ‘The Pope’ – which would technically be higher than the clergy. Popes were the centre of catholic churches. During this time, many people travelled far to see popes, such as sick people of the lower classes. The population with churches worldwide in duration of the Middle Ages, popes were considered ‘voices’ to speak to God. In effect of this, the Catholic Church soon became infamous as it allied with other religions and small church. Because of this, there was rumours and fights about the power of the church, making the pope’s power in the social class actually weaken. All of the classes served the people, helping other non-believers join the church and helped the sick. The lowest class were the Nuns, since they were very common for prayers to join that class.

After Medieval feudalism ended and corporate feudalism started, there was much similarities. Starting with the classes, the clergy would be similar to Central Bankers such as ‘Bank of Japan’ and more, since they hold most significance to other classes. The lords would be Governors like presidency and prime ministers, Vassals would be doctors and it goes all the way to the lowest class would be ‘Everyone else’ such as factory workers, teachers and all such people. Although corporate feudalism and medieval feudalism are very similar, it is still different in its own way.   


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