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The greater part of medieval civilization was a time of simplicity and little cultural development Feudalism was the structure that governed medieval society and came to represent this time period The church became the universal symbol of medieval unity Toward the end of the medieval period however town life and large-scale trade and commerce were revived Great changes took place in the church fostering a new era and changeFeudalism was a system of government that provided the structure for the political social and economic aspects of medieval civilization It consisted of contracts between members of the nobility and less powerful nobles who served as their vassals Economically it was a contract between the serfs who farmed that land and the nobles who owned it Feudalism was very complex and confusing in some ways but it could also be looked at as very simple It was constructed in a pyramid or chess board-like form Kings were at the top although they did not have much power lords and vassals followed the king and had control of the lesser nobles The serfs were at the base of the pyramid A manor otherwise known as the lords estate was where everyone lived and worked In exchange for a place to live food and mainly protection the serfs farmed the land Agriculture was the foundation of feudalism where land and food was used to barter for other items There were different taxes and positions of distinct people on the manor This illustrates the complexity of feudal life during the medieval ages If you look at it as what the duties were of each specific class you see the simplicity of feudalism Each member of medieval society had its own particular tasks to perform The serfs preformed the most labor-intensive tasks and often did the same thing everyday The knights protected the manor and the lords were responsible for taking care of everyone on their manor The feudal system could
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