Flashcards in The Feudal System Deck (12)
Who were peasants reliant on and why?
Under tenants who provided the land to be worked
Who were under tenants reliant on and why?
Tenants in chief who gave them land and privileges
Who were tenants in chiefs reliant on and why?
King who granted land as well as providing peace, law and protection
Who was the King reliant on?
Everyone underneath him.
Tenants in Chief gave him knight service; under tenants provide tenants in chief with military service and justice and peasants work the land to provide food and produce
Give three reasons why tenants in chief were important
Military- provided band of knights
Social- organised the distribution of land
Economic- owed the king a share of their revenue and became extremely wealthy
Political- many served on the royal council advising the King
How many days were given as knight service?
How important were knights?
Quite important. Knights effectively replaced thegns as under tenants
What responsibilities were given to under tenants?
Oversaw local courts (manorial courts)
Lord of the manor overseeing a town or set of villages
What was relief?
A payment made by the heir to a land holding so they can inherit their father’s land
Why was relief useful for William?
Ensured loyalty as that would mean lower relief payments
Leverage of the Norman nobles as they were obsessed with passing down power.
What was labour service?
Working the Lord’s land in return for the use of the land