Lords, Vassals, and Peasants:
Feudalism in Medieval Europe
Three Medieval Estates
Oath of Fealty
Peasants in the Village
What is feudalism?
What cultural values and beliefs underpinned it?
Š Why did it emerge as the dominant form of social and political organization in Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries?
2) lord and vassal
5) homage and fealty
6) Magna Carta
7) habeas corpus
I. Feudalism: Definitions and Origins
Š Personal Relationships, Mutual Obligations, and Decentralized Authority
1) Social and Economic: “Manorialism”
2) Political and Military: Lords, Vassals, & “Private” Power
3) Cultural: Hierarchy, Estate, and Identity
III. The Legacy of Feudalism
Š Obligation, Duty, Hierarchy, and Status
Š Stability and the Tepid Renewal of Urban Life