Saxon and Norman Society

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  • Norman Society
    • Warfare was a constant feature of Norman society
      • Therefore, young men were trained to ride on horseback.
    • Since about 700AD, the Franks had developed the Feudal system
    • The feudal system: Ruler grants land to tenants in chief/barons. In return they support him with military service
      • Barons divided land among their sub-tenants, who were given land in return for military service
      • Both served traditionally as mounted night and employed soldiers
        • Barons divided land among their sub-tenants, who were given land in return for military service
  • Saxon   Society
    • It was rural. Wealth came from the land
    • The king and a small army were paid for by taxes
    • The king gave land to earls (the loyal followers) and in return they had to support him
      • They recruited full time soldiers (Housecarls)
    • Freemen (Ceorls) were farmers with a small amount of land
      • They were expected to join the Fyrd (an emergency army which was quickly organised when needed.
    • Slaves were captured in battle and would work on the land or as slaves
    • Thegns were reasonably wealthy and they were given land by the earls, in return for support

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