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Englandwas a farming country land was its absorbing interest and originally plots of land had been owned outright by the men who settled and cleared them and inherited by their children But such independent farmers had no defense against the Viking raids or resources to tide them over disasters like cattle sickness a series of bad harvests fire or storm In the course of time almost every man in the country had attached himself by mutual promises to somebody more powerful who could help to protect him and his family in times of stress Small landowners had surrendered the nominal ownership of their land to their protectors - who in turn held the land in duty to somebody higher This evolution has often been called a loss of freedom and so it was but absolute personal freedom had come to be as perhaps it has always been a dangerous illusion Its loss was really a gain the acceptance of the duties and mutual support of a social system the end of anarchy13-14 The first paragraph sums up the life of the commoners in England and also very similar to Normandy Both countries were very much alike but yet distinct in their own subtle ways In my essay I will discuss the similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon England and Normandy including their feudal system I will also compare and contrast Harold of England and William the Conqueror as portrayed in 1066 England and Normandy had very similar feudal system In both systems everyone held his plot of land in duty to someone higher 61 The English had serfs and the Normans had peasants at the very bottom They
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