Thursday, May 2, 2013

Feudalism of the Medieval Times

Feudalism shaped society of the Medieval Times. It was based on the "pyramid" model of a societal framework. The reason Feudalism is a pyramid is that the group of people at the bottom have the most people, the next level up has few people, and so on until you reach the top. The higher you go, the fewer people in each level, just like a pyramid. The bottom level of Feudalism is the peasants. Peasants would farm. Along with the peasants, there were serfs. Serfs would farm too, but unlike the peasants, the serfs could not leave the farm/castle/manor. Serfs were not bought and sold like slaves, but they were bound to the farm. Next were the knights. They were trained warriors on horseback. They were skilled in fighting with the sword. They swore a oath of Chivalry which is honor, duty, loyalty. This oat was sworn for life. The next level was the lords. These people owned the land. The top of the Feudalism pyramid was the King. The overall ruler of the kingdom. As you can see in the picture, each level did something for the level below them and above them. Making it a truly unique system. 

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