Feudal Society

Essential Question

In which ways are society and economy inextricable?

(Incapable of being disentangled or separated)

Development of Feudalism

Protection from invades and for lower classes was needed. Both were provided in exchange for their loyalty to the King. A system was devised in that people of higher classes provided protection for lower classes in return for their loyalty to them. This allowed people to be safe and happy with cooperation between classes.

Roles of Knights, Vassals and Fiefs

Knights: They were given land and in return they would fight and defend the king. They were loyal to their one designated Liege Lord, they mainly were castle guard, body guard to the King and fought in battles.

Vassals: they were owners of large lands and held allegiance to The Lord.  

Fief: This was a piece of land sanctioned from the King. It was more than that though, there were villages with homes for serfs, living area for nobles and land to grow crops or catch food.

Feudal Contract

A feudal Contract was the agreement between the members of the feudal society. Common partnerships could be found between King/Noble, Noble/Knight and Knight/Peasant.

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Manorialism

This was the organizing principle of the economy, it was the system by which The Lord would provide a fief to nobles and thus forth carry out the Feudal Contract. This was still owned by The Lord but the peasants would have many freedoms while on the land. Manorialism was one of the main concepts that made feudalism possible.

How Feudalism restored Order to Western Europe

Feudalism was a strong movement intertwining all of the classes. There was a strong sense of loyalty and a give and take factor in the society between all social statures. Feudalism restored trade and protected trade routes. Feudalism caused a turnaround in Western Europe. Feudalism was a perfect way to ensure that the people would follow all rules and hold their allegiance. In the end, Feudalism led to a strong boost in the Economy.

Essential Question

In which ways are society and economy inextricable?

(Incapable of being disentangled or separated)

Critical Thinking Question

Why was the Feudal Society more successful than other empires?

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