The Decline of Feudalism in the Medieval World

Exploring the key events that contributed to the decline of feudalism in Europe from the 12th through the 15th centuries. Introduction In England, several political changes in the 12th and 13th centuries helped to weaken feudalism. A famous document known as Magna Carta, or Great Charter, dates from this time. Magna Carta was a written[…]

The Development of Feudalism in Medieval Western Europe

Exploring the political and economic system that developed in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Introduction Historians divide the Middle Ages into three periods. The Early Middle Ages lasted from about 476 to 1000 C.E. The High Middle Ages lasted from about 1000 to 1300. The Late Middle Ages lasted from about 1300 to 1450.[…]

The Feudal System in Medieval Europe

Night of August 4th, abolition of feudality and fiscal privileges, by Léopold Morice / Wikimedia Commons The term “feudal system” came into use to describe a hierarchy of relationships which were embraced in medieval Europe, involving fief-holders of different ranks. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Harold swearing oath on holy relics to William, Duke[…]

A History of Serfdom

Costumes of slaves or serfs, from the sixth to the twelfth centuries, collected by H. de Vielcastel from original documents in European libraries. / Wikimedia Commons Although the end of serfdom meant freedom, in many cases the transition to a new social order was far from smooth. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Serfdom is[…]

Feudalism: The Social and Economic Fabric of Medieval Society

Nuit du 4 août 1789 dans l’ Assemblée nationale française / Musée de la Révolution française, Wikimedia Commons Generally, feudalism has been regarded as the fabric of medieval society, and the stage of social and economic development that preceded Capitalism. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.03.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Feudalism is a political[…]

Feudal Japan: The Age of the Warrior

Japanese imperial family / Wikimedia Commons The collapse of aristocratic rule ushered in a new age of chaos — appropriately called the Warring States period (c.1400-1600) — in which military might dictated who governed and who followed. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.23.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction While most samurai warriors were men, some[…]