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Anything new?

Historians debate how much William the Conqueror changed England, and whether feudalism was anything new.  

The idea of owning land in return for service probably did exist before William's invasion.  King Edward the Confessor gave Normans some power before all the trouble of 1066.

King William had to make sure his government was strong.  William reacted viciously and brutally to resistance because he was determined to make England secure.  Even if he didn't introduce the idea of feudalism, it was William who made it work properly. 


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