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Feudalism

William built castles to try and control areas where he faced resistance.  However William could not be everywhere at once.

As reward for helping his invasion, William gave castles and nearby lands to his Norman barons.  This helped William in two ways. 

  • He kept his barons happy

  • He made sure he had support in areas where he faced trouble.

This was the feudal system - giving land in return for service.  The barons owned the land, but in return they had to provide services for William such as supplying knights to fight in his army.


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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003