Brief History of Feudalism


The medieval era is a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be. The era was the last era where reading and writing was still unknown to most people, and the church was heavily influential on how the citizens would think.

As well as the spread of government that took over Europe called Feudalism.

What is Feudalism?

The middle ages had a span of one thousand years before the Renaissances.

There is no definition for the word “Feudalism” because there is no real record showing that the citizens during the middle Ages ever used the word.

Feudalism was just an idea until the political theories that was created by lawyers, who were called Layman, started to really form the system that feudalism is known as today.

Doctor Kip L. Wheeler describes “Feudalism was the medieval model of government predating the birth of the modern nation-state” in his article “Feudalism”.

The Structure of Feudalism:

  • Political power
  • Private possession
  • A armed cavalry to secure private and individual harmony

(From Feudalism by Professor Joseph Strayer)

The Cavalry

From the middle ages to the classical era, Knights were considered an important figure.

In L.K. Alchin’s article, Feudalism and Knights, on the website Lords and describes “A portion of land (called a fief) would be granted by the king to a successful soldier or knight who performed well during battle.”

Granting land was called feudal levy, which a knights had to prove themselves worth to have land.

The origin of the term ‘Knight’ derives from Anglo-Saxon word “Cniht”, meaning “boy” or “page boy”.

Work Cited

Alchin, L. K. “Feudalism and Knights.”, 22 June 2014. Web.

Strayer, Joseph Reese. Feudalism. Huntington, N.Y.: R.E. Krieger Publication Company, 1987.EBSCO.

Wheeler, L. Kip, Dr. “Feudalism” Appalachian College Association. Web.


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