Rise Of Feudalism

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Feudalism was the embodiment of laws and customs that ruled economic, political, and cultural order of Europe after the reign of Charlemagne when a multitude of invasions by foreign powers all over Europe caused people to be willing to give up their rights and freedom for a measure of safety and security. Castles were made to protect the population, and the knights were the men who defended it. These knights would fight with their own horses at their own expense and in exchange for protection, the population had to pay some sort of tribute. This system sprung out of a desire for safety and it quintessentially could only survive and thrive through warfare and violence, nevertheless, the feudal system lasted up until the twentieth century in …show more content…
European society since the fall of the Roman Empire had largely been divided into three groups; the Bellatores, who fought, the Lavaratores, who worked, and the Orators, who prayed. However, the rise of feudalism gave the Bellatores more power and influence in society until they became the men of most influence. Because the military has the power in society, education, culture, and intellectual life digressed. Additionally, because knights and their militarism were placed on a societal pedestal, and made the violence perpetuated within the system seem desirable, thus in-turn creating a violent society. The Church tried to confront this violent culture in 1000 AD with the Peace of God, which was a spiritual and social movement organised by the Catholic Church for the pacification of the western Christian world, however, this was only made to apply to certain territories. The Peace had many different clauses about how warfare should be organised under the threat of excommunication, one clause being that neither the Church’s or civilian possessions could be seized by raiding knights. This Peace would ultimately be a failure, as it was difficult to enforce and it expected too much from the knights, thus later in the eleventh century, the Catholic Church tried again with the Truce of God. This truce called for the temporary suspension of …show more content…
The lord could also place Banalities, which were restrictions on feudal tenure by the obligations of a serfs use of their lord’s facilities. This could be placed on communal utilities, like the flour mills, the wine press, ovens etc, and thus, farmers would become completely dependent on their lord for every aspect of their

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