The Middle Ages Essay

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During the Middle Ages, Christendom was a highly stratified society with limited movement on the social ladder. There were three main orders of society; the serfs, the nobleman and the clergy, each with their own roles on society. Charlemagne was not born a nobleman, but became one later in life and had a huge impact on Medieval Society. Medieval Serfs were peasants who worked his lord's land and paid him certain dues in return for the use of land, the possession (not the ownership) of which was heritable. A serf was one bound to work on a certain estate, and thus attached to the soil, and sold with it into the service of whoever purchases the land. The daily life of a serf was hard. The Medieval serfs did not receive their land as a free gift; for the use of it they owed certain duties to their master. These took chiefly the form of personal services. Medieval Serfs had to labor on the lord's domain for two or three days each week, and in especially busy seasons, such as plowing and harvesting, Serfs had to do extra work. The daily life of a serf was dictated by the requirements of the lord of the manor. At least half his time was usually demanded by the lord. Serfs also had to make certain payments, either in money or more often in grain, honey, eggs, or other produce. When Serfs ground the wheat he was obliged to use the lord's mill, and pay the customary charge. In theory the lord could tax his serfs as heavily and make them work as hard as he pleased, but the fear of losing his tenants doubtless in most cases prevented him from imposing too great burdens on the daily life of the serf. (www.middle-ages.org.uk) The nobility influenced all aspects of medieval politics, economics, religion, and culture. The medieval nobility had special legal status. A man who was a member of the nobility was free in his person and in his possessions. His only limitation

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