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Manorialism is the other side of the feudal coin You could say that the economic base of feudalism was manorial agriculture The reason for this is to be found in the climate and the topography Agricultural techniques were quite different in northern Europe from Mediterranean lands It is no surprise that feudalism and manorialism never really developed in the south of Europe In the north you could sow grain both in fall and the spring so the work could be more evenly distributed during the course of the year Because the land was much more fertile in the north you could have larger farms in the north than you could in the south In England the average farm contained 30 acres but in Greece the farming unit at the most consisted of 10 acres Oats and rye could be grown up north This was important for cattle raising and also the human diet These crops gave lower yields per acre than wheat and barley but they required larger fields which were available up north In the south they had to depend on the traditional olives and grapes The Moldboard Plow The moldboard plow as distinguished from the scratch plow created a revolution in agriculture It makes deep furrows and thus provides the necessary drainage for early use of the land The moldboard plow was invented in Germany probably long before the invasions of the fourth and fifth centuries It came into gradual use in Merovingian and Carolingian times in the area between the Rhine and the Elbe rivers In the Romanized areas of southwestern Europe there were certain social obstacles to adoption of the moldboard plow In these regions formerly a part of the Roman Empire Roman conceptions of private property in land and slaves prevented the development of private farming Also few individual farmers could own the necessary number of draught animals to pull this heavy plow It took
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