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Social structure in the Medieval Period

   Medieval Social Hierarchy
During the middle ages or the medieval period, the society was divided into several different classes which were based on their importance in society and kingdom. These classes were divided and marked on the basis of factors like status, hereditary, income and others.



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In the Middle Ages, before the rise of national states in western Europe, the people there lived under a system called feudalism. This was a social system of rights and obligations based on land ownership patterns.

Feudalism (fyōō′dəlĭzəm), form of political and social organisation typical of Western Europe from the dissolution of Charlemagne's empire to the rise of the absolute monarchies.

  The Feudal System
The feudal system that developed in medieval Europe was the foundation of the region's early society and politics. It created a mutually beneficial contract between landowners and the lesser nobility, and affected most of medieval history, from the time of Charlemagne until the end of the Crusades.


Life in the Medieval Period

  Everyday life in the Middle Ages
Life in the Middle Ages was very different depending upon whether you were born into a rich family or a poor one. Most people led exactly the same lives as their parents had before them. Very few people were able to significantly change their lives through education or other opportunities.

  Middle Ages - Daily Life
Describes the differences between life in the country and life in the city.

  Life in the Middle Ages

What was life really like in the Middle Ages? The life of all the classes was dominated by the feudal system - feudalism. What was Village life like during the middle ages? Life in a manor and the Lord of the Manor during the Middle Ages. The life of women during the Middle Ages - peasants, lords, princess and Kings. The jobs and occupations dictated the quality of life during the Middle Ages and the medicine, entertainment and guilds of the Middle ages.

Jobs in Medieval Europe