Social Class Structures

Those Who Worked

In Medieval Europe, most men and women were peasants who worked for the king. With the rise of towns and a more developed economy, many peasants found themselves with more freedom than they were accustomed too. They were allowed to rent land from the land lords for a certain period of time. However, they had to continuously work hard to sustain this land, along with pay taxes to the kings.

Those Who Fought

The nobility, or "middle class", were the ones who fought for the king.Theyinfluencededieval politics, economics, religion, and culture and the reason that 12th Century Europe evolved into aristocracy. The medieval nobility was an Estate of warriors and they protected the poor. These people lived without working, and their skills were shown through their ability to fight and their complete jurisdiction over their property. These possessions allowed the nobles to live well.

Those Who Prayed

At the top of medieval society, the clergy were the ones who prayed. Each village usually had a priest, who oversaw all spiritual duties. He would also help people release their sins by allowing people to talk and confess to him. By the 12th century, almost all parts of Medieval Europe followed Christianity. This class was composed of monks, bishops, and priests who all lived luxurious lives.

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