Writing Saturday: F is for The Feudal System

1:00 AM


The feudal system is one of the defining elements of the Middle Ages. As my upcoming book, Adventures and Adversities is set in the Middle Ages, have have done a lot of research about the time period. Here is a simple break down of the feudal system. 

King
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Had absolute power


Earl
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Lives in a castle gives lands to the Lords.

Lord
Lived in a manor house

Knight
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Horse riding soldiers and land owners.

Peasants 
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Farmed the land rented to them. Also did other work.

Pictures from Wikipedia Commons 

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3 comments

  1. I think I have learned about the Feudal System before. Must have been hard for the people on the bottom :-(

    Grace

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  2. Looks great Sar! Can't wait to read this one and see how you used this in your book!

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  3. Nice summation of the feudal system, Sarah! I've been doing some research on 12th century England's political world, and boy was that a confusing time!
    But I think you've left the Freemen out of the list. Remember in Ivanhoe how that one fellow really, really wants to be a free-man, and his companion says "Why would you want to freeze in your own hut? Much better to rely on the lord's household and have your fortunes buffered." I really enjoyed that aspect of the book, gave a perspective of the time.
    Anyway, good recap!

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