Feudalism was based on the exchange of land for military service. It had levels of status similar to modern society. In the Middle Ages, the Feudal System was a very important system to kings in order for them to control entire countries.
The Feudal System was a vital system to William I who could not control all the land he had. According to Chris Trueman, William had defeated the English army lead by Harold Godwine but before he could be called King of England he had to gain control of all of England. The English thought of William as a foreigner who had forced his way into London. Since people didn’t like him he had to use force to maintain his control on England. It was extremely difficult for William to rule every part of the country himself and with travel difficult and slow it was nearly impossible. With him still being Duke of Normandy, he had to travel back to maintain his control of France. Because of this, he had to leave England for weeks at a time so he couldn’t control it efficiently. William spent much of his time in London. He built his own castle-the Tower of London-so that it dominated the city and it was his home while he was there. William also built the first tower at Windsor. The castles represented a visible threat to the people of England. He kept soldiers in the castles and they could be used against the English if they ever caused trouble. William then determined he needed a way of governing other than using force so the people remained loyal. That’s when William established the Feudal System in 1066 (Alchin)..
Under the Feudal system everyone but the king had a ruling lord above him to whom he owed loyalty and service in exchange for land and protection. The king awarded land grants, called fiefs, to the...
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...of the people worked on the land as serfs (Middle Ages).
Feudalism was an important and efficient way to control countries. The levels it had put everybody in their spot and told them their job and the things they must do. Overall, the Feudal System was a good way for the Kings to control large amounts of land without having to use force.
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