The Importance Of Feudalism

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Feudalism is usually what comes to the minds of most people when they hear the phrases “middle ages” or ‘dark ages”. The general hierarchy of peasants and lords and noblemen and kings and so on and so forth. This topic is one that interested me in researching more because it is a part of history and shows up as a theme in our pop culture (TV, books, etc.) that most think they know they are pretty knowledgeable about subconsciously, yet they probably wouldn’t be able to give more than surface details, and this includes me. The website I chose is http://westernreservepublicmedia.org/middleages/feud_feudalw.htm because it is the website fo the Public Broadcasting Service which is known to be a reliable source for educational topics. The Middle…show more content…
Literacy was hard to come by, unless a person had the opportunity to join a monastery or was wealthy. And the reason there was no upward mobility was because there were little opportunities to learn a trade or read or write. Most people’s lives were spent training how to take care of home and fields of the lord, which they depended on to keep them safe and paid. Some of these people, were free, some were serfs (read: slaves with benefits). But most lived in rural areas, so there was not too much interaction with different types of people. in fact, they married usually within their own village or town and there was a high percentage of women that died in childbirth due to lack of hygiene and medical accessibility. These people turned to religion to get them through each and every day. They sometimes did have downtime and played games or sports, or sang songs and told…show more content…
This was something you were born into, no capitalism in this society. Noblemen had the opposite life of the lowest rungs of society. They wore clothing of silk and velvet with fine jewelry, where poor folk had one rough set of assumingly non-fashionable earth colored clothing. So snobby were these men and women that they passed a law stating that peasants were not allowed to wear clothes of good quality, because that would be deceiving of a title they didn’t have. These clothes were also grandiose in color and design. Hunting was a popular pastime of noblemen. The website states that young girls could be married off very young to somebody she had never met, because marriage was only about politics. She was taught domestic duties expected of a woman of that time as well as finer skills such as weaving, dancing, playing an instrument. Young men were taught swordsmanship in order to aspire to be a knight who would get to travel. They were expected to be chivalrous, which included the criteria of serving his king and his people, being moral, and respecting
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