Feudal Hierachy

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What was the role of a Medieval King?
A medieval monarch was tremendously rich and powerful. He owned huge areas of England and could reward his followers with positions of power. Kings decided how the country would be governed and made all the key decisions.
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What was the king's annual income?
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What were nobles more widely known as?
Barons / tenants - in - chief
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Describe the status of a baron.
The barons were the closest to the king in terms of rank and status. They owned the land they had for life. The average income of a baron was £200 per year.
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Who were Medieval Knights?
Usually knights were the younger sons of nobles who had not inherited their family title. They were sent to other noble families to train as knights/ The title 'knight' was awarded only to those with noble blood in them.
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How many knights were there in the country?
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Where did the Knights' land come from?
A few hundred of the knights were granted land by the king. The majority would have been given land by the barons.
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What was the role of a knight?
They served on juries in their counties and played an important role in local communities. They were also employed by the king as sheriffs, coroners and forest officials.
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What could a free man be?
a merchant, a professional soldier, a craftsman or a farmer who was a free tenant.
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Describe the status of a free man
Free men were free to travel and work for whomever they chose. Merchants tended to live in the towns. A well-off merchant would earn around £20 per year.
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Who did the free men pay rent to?
They paid rent to the lord to farm their land. Many held between 30 and 100 acres of land from the local lord. Both free tenants and merchants served on juries.
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How much of England's population was made up of villeins?
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Who did villeins work for?
They worked on their lord's land or for a free tenant. In return for this they were allowed to work a tiny piece of land for themselves, living off the crops they produced.
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Talk about a villeins' rights.
They had no rights whatsoever and even had to ask permission for their daughters to marry. Villeins could not leave their manor (village)without permission and they could be bought and sold by their lord.
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