This is a 18 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on The Early Middle Ages: Feudalism in Europe - The Social Order. All the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The Early Middle Ages began with the fall of Rome. After 500 years of living in a unified Europe, the Roman Empire collapsed leaving the people to fend for themselves. Exposed to the elements and virtually starving, they worked hard simply to survive and needed protection.
These challenges gave rise to the economic and political system historians called "Feudalism." In this system, people pledged loyalty to a powerful landowner (lord) in return for protection. Armed warriors (knights) fought on behalf of the lords. Peasants worked the land and some peasants who could not leave the land were called serfs.
By the High Middle Ages, Feudalism provided the protection needed by establishing a stable social order. Under this system the people were bound to one another by a system of loyalty. The land was owned by the monarchy and the church. The king awarded land grants or fiefs to his most important nobles, barons, and bishops, in return for their contribution of soldiers for the king's armies.
Nobles divided their land among the lesser nobility, who became their vassals. Many of these vassals became so powerful that the kings had difficulty controlling them.
The presentation covers the following:
Introduction of Feudalism
Middle Ages Social Order
Lords and Ladies
Homes of the Rich
End of Presentation
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