Feudalism and Land Essay
In order to attempt to answer a question such as this we must briefly describe the Feudal system then look at the advantages of having feudalism as a system and also the disadvantages and then secondly look at the alternatives if there was no such system in place.
Let us first look at the Feudal system itself. The Feudal system was introduced to England and spread throughout Britain by William the Conqueror after 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. Normandy and indeed most of France already had a form of Feudalism in place and King William required a hierarchical system of security which guaranteed him loyalty, particularly in the form of an army. Feudalism was the key. …show more content…
For society as a whole feudalism gave order to daily life, and kept society, or the kingdom, running smoothly. For the barons, their knights and the peasants the common advantage of feudal society was gaining the use of more land and the protection of a more powerful “lord”. The king, barons, and knights all gained by the service of their vassals (by those below them in power and status). For this they ‘suffered’ by giving up some of their own possessions, mainly land, in return for services. Though the peasants were the poorest people of the society, to some extent they held the balance of power in their