By Lillian Deep
Manor Economy in the Middle Ages
- Manorialism is an essential element of the society. It was the most dominant economic system in Europe during the middle ages. It was the organizing principle of rural economy
Manorialism got its start from the Roman Empire when the landowners had to combine their hold over the land and the people who ran it.
The Lord of the Manor operated the system of manorialism which gave him economic and legal power over his tenants.
Farmers and Serfs exchanged their freedom and pleaded.
It was the system by which the Lord of the Manor exploited the Serfs or tenants who worked his estate, or fief.
Lords provide shelter and safety for their Serfs in return for tending to their land.