Hierarchy Explained King: Complete control, owned all land, gave to lords who were faithful. Lord: Given lands called manors. Loyal to king. Knight(Vassal): Provided military force for king or lords. Helped those in need. Serf: Provided labor on fields for knights or lords.
Manorialism System by which the Lord exploited the serfs who worked his estate. Manorialism represented the economic portion of feudalism Encompassed the political relations between the Lord and his serfs. This allowed the Lord governmental power.
Feudal System The Feudal System was sustained by the rights and privileges given to the Upper Classes and in most cases enacted by laws. Sevneral feudal “rights”: Judicial Power to lords Knighthood Privileges Lords claimed goods of dying without heir All treasure found was theirs (including shipwrecks) Shelter for noble visitors
Decline Crusades Black Death Peasants Revolt Trade Moving to cities Armies and Mercenaries Clash between Church and State
Works Cited http://www.historyonthenet.com/Mediev al_Life/feudalism.htm http://www.middle- ages.org.uk/feudalism.htm