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The Feudal System

Under the feudal system, every person had obligations to a superior.  

  • The King promised God that he would look after the country.  

  • The barons or tenants-in-chief promised to support the King.  

  • The under-tenants promised to serve the tenants-in-chief.  

  • The peasants (including both free men and villeins) had to perform services for their landlords and pay them rents. 

Every person had a duty to someone else.  

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Diagram of the feudal system


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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003